Sleepers (1996)

Sleepers (1996)
  • Time: 147 min
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Director: Barry Levinson
  • Cast: Kevin Bacon, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Brad Pitt, Jason Patric


Four boys growing up in Hell’s Kitchen play a prank that leads to an old man getting hurt. Sentenced to no less than one year in the Wilkenson Center in upstate New York, the four friends are changed by the beating, humiliation and sexual abuse by the guards sworn to protect them. Thirteen years later and a chance meeting lead to a chance for revenge against the Wilkenson Center and the guards.

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  • Some accidents are so grave that you almost don’t want to believe that they really happened. “Sleepers” tells of how one such incident set four friends on an incredible path.

    One day, Lorenzo Carcaterra, Michael Sullivan, John Reilly and Tommy Marcano, all of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, steal a hot dog stand. When the owner tries to retake it, they hold it at the top of a subway entrance, hoping to make him grab it. But it’s too heavy for them and they accidentally let it go. It falls on a man at the bottom, and the boys are sent to the Wilkinson School for Boys. Most of the boys in this reform school are there for violent crimes, and frequently beat up the four friends. Meanwhile, the guards rape the four friends.

    Several years later, John and Tommy (Billy Crudup and Ron Eldard) are in a bar and see head guard Sean Nokes (Kevin Bacon), who was always raping them. After exchanging a few words, they shoot him. When Lorenzo and Michael (Jason Patric and Brad Pitt) learn of this, they devise a plan to not only try to get their friends acquitted, but to also expose the corruption in the reform school. Dustin Hoffman plays Danny Snyder, the alcoholic lawyer representing John and Tommy, and Robert DeNiro plays Father Bobby, a priest who comes to their defense.

    A truly remarkable movie. It may disturb you (or rather, it should disturb you). But remember, “Sleepers” is about a long fight for justice. You shouldn’t miss it.

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