The Son of No One

November 4th 2011
  • Drama/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 95 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Channing Tatum, Al Pacino, Juliette Binoche, Ray Liotta, Katie Holmes , Brian Gilbert, James Ransone, Jake Cherry, Sean Cregan, Simone Joy Jones, Paul Bearer, Karen Christie-Ward, Marilyn Dobrin, Lemon, Tracy Morgan, Ursula Parker, Michael Rivera, Ralph Rodriguez, Roger Guenveur Smith, Decorte Snipes, DiDi Decorte Snipes, Paul Vasquez , Craig Walker
  • Director: Dito Montiel
  • Writer: Dito Montiel
  • Producers: Avi Lerner, Dito Montiel, John Thompson, Holly Wiersma
  • Executive Producers: Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Patricia Eberle, Cassian Elwes, Alex Francis, Joy Gorman, Avi Lerner, Jake Pushinsky, Richard Rionda Del Castro, Trevor Short, Trudie Styler
  • Art Direction: Michael Ahern
  • Castings: Kerry Barden, Karen E. Etcoff, Paul Schnee
  • Costume Design: Sandra Hernandez
  • D.O.P.: BenoĆ®t Delhomme
  • Editor: Jake Pushinsky
  • Makeup: Johnny Mooi
  • Musics: Jonathan Elias, David Wittman
  • Production Design: Beth Mickle
  • Set Decoration: Carrie Stewart


A young cop (Tatum) is assigned to a precinct in the Queens neighborhood where he grew up. To provide for his wife and ailing daughter, he works hard to keep his life on track. But this life is threatened when a dark secret bubbles to the surface.

An anonymous source reveals new information about the unsolved murder of two boys and a possible police cover-up, setting off a chain of events that rattles the neighborhood.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: New York City, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Violence, pervasive language and brief disturbing sexual content
  • Production Budget: $15 million
  • Production Companies: Hannibal Pictures, Millennium Films, Nu Image Films, SONO Production, Son Of No One Production
  • Production Schedule: 5 April 2010 - May 2010

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2011 Guide Analysis: "Musician, author and now filmmaker, Dito Montiel's cinematic career has had a rather strange trajectory. His first effort was the little seen adaptation of his own memoir "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" which scored strong reviews and a few award nominations. His second film "Fighting" was more of a studio feature which didn't fare so well critically but managed a modest box-office haul.

With 'Son' many hoped for something in between - a $15 million budget and an impressive cast to make it a box-office draw, combined with another adaptation of Montiel's own work that would potentially lead to the same respect that 'Saints' garnered. If it worked, this could've been a smart, dramatic, adult crime thriller along the lines of Ben Affleck's "The Town" (albeit set in Queens rather than Charlestown).

Fate intervened however at the Sundance Film Festival this year where it was selected as the Closing Night feature. Several days before that, an early screening was held for buyers and select press who were generally in a buoyant mood after a string of strong movies had screened in Park City. By the time it had come to an end, that screening made trade and online headlines as word emerged that the film prompted a stream of walkouts.

This lead to much back-and-forth between columnists and critics about what went down at the screening and how much of an actual 'exodus' really took place. It was a PR disaster, to put it mildly, that seemed to sink the film's chances then and there. In following days, the reactionary stances began to subside and proper reviews emerged pointing to a generally mixed/negative reaction - some calling it an outright dud, others enjoying it but all seemingly having big issues with both the editing of the film and the ending which ruin a major confrontational scene with the inexplicable overuse of whiteouts and freeze-frames.

In spite of all the ruckus, Anchor Bay Entertainment picked up the film which means only a very limited theatrical release is expected at best. What this will mean for Montiel's film career from this point on - that's a lot harder to predict."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 9 July 2011: Japan
  • 20 October 2011: Russia, Ukraine
  • 27 October 2011: Brazil
  • 9 November 2011: Sweden
  • 15 November 2011: Netherlands