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Sleepers
     

Sleepers

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Director: Barry Levinson, Kevin Bacon, Robert De Niro, Billy Crudup

Cast: Barry Levinson, Kevin Bacon, Robert De Niro, Billy Crudup

 

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Kevin Bacon and Brad Pitt star in this chilling adaptation of Lorenzo Carcaterra's moving tale of crime, punishment, and revenge, arriving on DVD from Warner Home Video. Presented in the original 2.35:1 widescreen theatrical aspect ratio and featuring a closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack in addition to an alternate French Dolby Digital 5.1 track,

Overview

Kevin Bacon and Brad Pitt star in this chilling adaptation of Lorenzo Carcaterra's moving tale of crime, punishment, and revenge, arriving on DVD from Warner Home Video. Presented in the original 2.35:1 widescreen theatrical aspect ratio and featuring a closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack in addition to an alternate French Dolby Digital 5.1 track, this release also offers optional English, Spanish, and French subtitles. Limited extra features include production notes and a theatrical trailer.

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Barry Levinson's Sleepers courted controversy for a number of reasons. Not only was there uncertainty as to whether the purportedly true story really happened, but the Catholic Church also frowned upon one of its major plot points: a priest's struggle over whether or not to lie under oath to protect a pair of vigilantes who have clearly committed murder. If these issues prompted more people to see the film, that's just as well, because it contains some interesting elements beyond those listed above. One is that it convincingly details the struggle of a prosecutor (Brad Pitt) to intentionally botch his case, but subtly enough that it doesn't draw suspicion. Never mind that Levinson doesn't explain why no one makes the connection between Pitt and the two defendants (Ron Eldard and Billy Crudup), who were his childhood friends -- the courtroom scenes are deft enough to excuse the plot hole. Levinson returns to familiar territory in the film's earlier scenes, giving an assured portrait of life in big city ethnic neighborhoods in the 1960s. New York stands in for his native Baltimore, where many Levinson films are set, but the same issues of coming of age in an insular working-class community are explored. There are no outstanding performances, outside of Robert De Niro as the conflicted priest, but the all-star ensemble makes for a solid piece of entertainment with serious issues, some of them more familiar than others, at its core.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/1997
UPC:
0085391448228
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:28:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Production notes; Scene access; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English and Français; Subtitles: English, Français, and Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Bacon Sean Nokes
Robert De Niro Father Bobby
Billy Crudup Tommy Marcano
Dustin Hoffman Danny Snyder
Bruno Kirby Shakes' Father
Jason Patric Lorenzo, a.k.a. Shakes
Vittorio Gassman King Benny
Brad Pitt Michael
Minnie Driver Carol
Ron Eldard John
Brad Renfro Young Michael Sullivan
Wendell Pierce Little Caesar
Aida Turturro Mrs Salinas
Terry Kinney Ferguson
Jonathan Tucker Young Tommy
Frank Medrano Fat Mancho
Peter Appel Boyfriend
William Butler Juanito
Jeffrey Donovan Addison
Saverio Guerra 2nd Man
Ben Hammer Judge Weisman
Michael P. Moran Juvenile Judge
James Pickens Marlboro
Larry Romano 1st Man
Tom Signorelli Confession Man
John Slattery Fred Carlson
Henry Stram Prison Doctor
Joe Urla Carson
Geoffrey Widgor Young John Riley
Eugene Byrd Rizzo
Joe Perrino Young Shakes
Dash Mihok K.C.

Technical Credits
Barry Levinson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Louis Di Giaimo Casting
Peter Giuliano Executive Producer
Steve Golin Producer
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
Stu Linder Editor
Allan Mason Musical Direction/Supervision
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Kristi Zea Production Designer

Scene Index

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1. Friendship deeper than blood (Credits). [3:02]
2. Hell's Kitchen 1966 (Walk like a Man). [1:55]
3. Easy targets at Holy Angels (Warmth of the Sun). [3:39]
4. Father Bobby and Carol Martinez (Good Vibrations). [2:11]
5. King Benny then and now. [3:42]
6. Michelangelo on asphalt. [2:16]
7. Needing a priest. [2:19]
8. More than the right thing to do. [2:08]
9. Hitting the hot-dog vendor (Gimme Some Lovin'). [3:43]
10. The minute everything changed. [2:01]
11. The least of my brethren. [3:12]
12. A good lie. [2:18]
13. First day at Wilkinson. [3:22]
14. The cafeteria floor. [4:59]
15. Childhood's end. [2:38]
16. Close to Father Bobby. [4:32]
17. A gift. [2:28]
18. 90 Minutes Of Freedom. [3:47]
19. The beaten and the dead. [2:00]
20. "The truth stays with us." [3:08]
21. 1981: A Familiar Face. [5:02]
22. Watching him die. [3:43]
23. Payback time. [5:34]
24. Prejury or favor. [1:27]
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1. No choice for Snyder or Shakes. [5:13]
2. The other guy's girl. [4:26]
3. A pocket still empty. [1:18]
4. Something to pray for. [4:12]
5. A decision to make. [6:17]
6. One drinker or another. [5:05]
7. Handing over Adam Styler. [3:05]
8. Maybe. [3:51]
9. The dirty end of the field. [2:03]
10. A debt beyond dollars. [2:33]
11. Ferguson on the stand. [9:41]
12. Retribution. [1:01]
13. The eyes of justice. [1:39]
14. Father Bobby for the defense. [8:05]
15. The verdict. [:40]
16. Time for something else. [2:17]
17. Comrades again (Walk like a Man). [3:13]
18. Our happy ending. [2:25]
19. End Credits. [4:44]

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Sleepers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has gone straight throught my Heart and nerves leaving me with goosebumps. To Watch shuch a unbelievable true story but with a horrible concept is gripping. You cant help but watch it again and again. This story of true friendship will leave you thinkin of the true meaning of life. How it is not just somestuff that happens in life but true fellings that do matter. I can only urge you to see this movie and its incradible story. It will have you mezmarized as you see things you never thought possible come alive in front of your eyes. It will leave you in tears.This is only my opinion. You have to decide for yourself. I can only say you will never see life the same way again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
KEVIN BACON, DENIRO, PITT...A GREAT BUNCH OF ACTORS THAT COMPLIMENT EACHOTHER. THIS FILM WILL PULL YOU THROUGH THE WHOLE SPECTRUM OF HUMAN EMOTION.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this movie. I saw it when I was in college, and have been looking to buy it ever since! I also want to buy the book, I think it would be good to see what was in the book that didn't make it to the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i saw the movie like a hundred times. i have it so i watch it a lot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've watched this movie twice and I can tell you it will stir you from every angle. This movie has been made very well, the actors are all great. I would recommended it to anyone and everyone. It will go straight through you and will touch those emotional nerves
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