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Sleepers (1996)

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After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized. Thirteen years later, they get their chance for revenge.

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writers:

Lorenzo Carcaterra (book), Barry Levinson (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Nokes
Billy Crudup ... Tommy
Robert De Niro ... Father Bobby
Ron Eldard ... John
Minnie Driver ... Carol
Vittorio Gassman ... King Benny
Dustin Hoffman ... Danny Snyder
Terry Kinney ... Ferguson
Bruno Kirby ... Shakes' Father
Frank Medrano ... Fat Mancho
Jason Patric ... Shakes
Joe Perrino ... Young Shakes
Brad Pitt ... Michael
Brad Renfro ... Young Michael
Geoffrey Wigdor ... Young John
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Storyline

As children, Lorenzo Carcaterra - Shakes to his friends - Michael Sullivan, Tommy Marcano, and John Reilly were inseparable. They grew up in Hell's Kitchen, a far from perfect neighborhood, one filled as Shakes says with scams and shake downs, but one where the rules were known by its residents. The one adult who they admired was Father Bobby Carelli, who understood them as kids more than most adults and more than he himself would like to admit. In 1967, their lives would change forever when a typical teenage prank went wrong which led to the four of them being sentenced to various terms at Wilkinson Home for Boys, a reformatory. There, they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused primarily by Sean Nokes, the head guard of their cell block, and fellow guards Ralph Ferguson, Henry Addison, and Adam Styler, although there were other caring figures of authority at the home including other guards. Their time at the home affected the four, not all who were able to emerge from the ... Written by Huggo

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Four friends made a mistake that changed their lives forever. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, graphic violence and two scenes of strong sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Levinson.com

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los hijos de la calle See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$44,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,305,745, 20 October 1996

Gross USA:

$53,315,285

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$165,615,285
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Roger Ebert criticized the movie as homophobic. See more »

Goofs

When the young boys are looking into the Ice Capades' dressing room, the windows are covered by a wire mesh. Looking back at the peeping eye from the inside, there is no mesh. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lorenzo: This is a true story about friendship that runs deeper than blood. This is my story and that of the only three friends in my life that truely mattered. Two of them were killers who never made it past the age of 30. The other's a non-practicing attorney living with the pain of his past - too afraid to let it go, never confronting its horror. I'm the only one who can speak for them, and the children we were.
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Good Vibrations
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Under license from EMI-Capitol Special Markets
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Let's get real about this movie
25 February 2005 | by jbuck_919See all my reviews

This is a movie in which a very poor script is allegedly rescued by all-star casting, good spot acting and adequate directing. There is not a shred of credibility in the plot, nor any artistry in the execution to rescue that fact, and you will be reeling from one "that would never happen" moment to another. The boys do not talk like boys talk, the hoods do not talk like hoods talk, and the decent adults may talk OK but do not behave like decent adult people behave. The movie is entirely contrived to make the preconceived scenario work out. On top of that, there is a gratuitous love interest, which doesn't even amount to that, introduced simply to keep the cast from being all-male. A melodramatic monster of a movie.


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