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Sherrybaby (2006)

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Sherry tries to integrate again into society and become a good mother.

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Laurie Collyer

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Laurie Collyer
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 10 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Sherry Swanson
Michelle Hurst ... Dorothy Washington
Sandra Rodríguez Sandra Rodríguez ... Desi
Anna Simpson ... Sabrina
Giancarlo Esposito ... Parole Officer Hernandez
Caroline Clay Caroline Clay ... Parole Officer Murphy
Rio Hackford ... Andy Kelly
Brad William Henke ... Bobby Swanson
Bridget Barkan ... Lynette Swanson
Ryan Simpkins ... Alexis Parks
Stephen Peabody ... Mr. Monroe
Danny Trejo ... Dean Walker
Sam Bottoms ... Bob Swanson Sr.
Kate Burton ... Marcia Swanson
Michael Dillon Michael Dillon ... Child at Birthday Party
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Storyline

Sherry Swanson returns home to New Jersey after serving a three year prison sentence. Eager to reestablish a relationship with her young daughter, Sherry soon discovers that coming back to the world she left behind is far more difficult than she had planned. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

No one makes it alone.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 2007 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Shall Not Want See more »

Filming Locations:

Mountainside, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,774, 10 September 2006

Gross USA:

$199,176

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$622,806
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a 2018 interview with Danny Trejo on her National Public Radio program "Fresh Air," Terry Gross asked Trejo, "What's the role in which you are most cast against type? Because your type is always kind of like tough and menacing, like the most powerful person. So have you played [a vulnerable character]?" Trejo's response was, "I did a role [in a movie] called Sherrybaby where I was like a nice guy, with Maggie Gyllenhaal..... I was - yeah. It was kind of a real - she was like abused and abused and got out of prison. It kind of showed what happens when a woman gets out of prison and how she's used and abused. And I was like her buddy or her good friend or whatever. You know what I mean? And she was wonderful, great actress. But we went all over the world. People love that movie." See more »

Goofs

During Sherry's second conversation with her brother Bobby on the pay phone at the halfway house, she is holding the phone's receiver in her right hand and her cigarette in her left hand. However, just before she terminates the conversation we cut to a closeup and she is now holding her cigarette in her right hand and her left hand has crossed her body and is holding the receiver to her right ear. See more »

Quotes

[Dean is waking Sherry up after having cleaned her up the night before and put her on the couch to sleep it off]
Sherry Swanson: I want my baby back, Dean. I WANT Alexis!
Dean Walker: You know, if you stop talking so much about what you want... stop being so selfish... maybe what you want will come to you on its own.
Sherry Swanson: I'm just mad, cause I suck.
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Cut Down to Size
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Brave Performance
26 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

SherryBaby (2006)

*** (out of 4)

A woman (Maggie Gyllenhaal) returns home after three years in prison in hopes of starting up a relationship with her young daughter but things aren't as easy as she thought they'd be. Due to my flu my brain is a little cloudy at the moment so I can't remember how many times we've seen a film dealing with someone getting out of prison and trying to make good. I do know we've seen it countless times since the silent era and in most cases the stories aren't anything original and instead we're just treated to an actor's showcase and that's pretty much what this film is. The film is a notch above something you'd see on Lifetime but all the credit has to go to Gyllenhaal and director Laurie Collyer. Collyer's direction is nice and suttle with her screenplay that's not too original but what's there is brought to life by the very good performance from Gyllenhaal. I like the fact that the screenplay allows Gyllenhaal's character to be very weak throughout so that we get to feel as if we're seeing a real character and not some made up fantasy flick. Again, there's nothing new here but the screenplay, direction and acting makes it worth sitting through.


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