SleepersDirector: Barry Levinson,
Barry Levinson directed this crime drama based on a controversial bestseller. Jason Patrick stars as Lorenzo, a New York reporter more commonly called "Shakes," a nickname courtesy of his three childhood pals from Hell's Kitchen -- Michael (Brad Pitt), John (Ron Eldard), and Tommy (Billy Crudup). As kids, all four were sent to reform school after accidentally killing someone during a cruel prank. There, the boys were raped and beaten by several guards, including Sean Nokes (Kevin Bacon), a fact that they've kept secret into adulthood. Michael is now a rising star in the district attorney's office, while John and Tommy are founders of the Irish gang the Westies. When Nokes walks into John and Tommy's hangout, they kill him in cold blood and go on trial, defended by a drug-addicted lawyer (Dustin Hoffman). Michael and Shakes conspire with childhood friend Carol (Minnie Driver) and local priest Father Bobby (Robert DeNiro) to free their friends and get even with the surviving guards. Based on a true story chronicled by Lorenzo Carcaterra in his novel of the same name, Sleepers stirred controversy when the veracity of the book was challenged by reporters who could find no documentation of the events described.
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Cast & Crew
|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 Renfro||Young Michael Sullivan|
|Wendell Pierce||Little Caesar|
|Aida Turturro||Mrs Salinas|
|Jonathan Tucker||Young Tommy|
|Frank Medrano||Fat Mancho|
|Saverio Guerra||2nd Man|
|Ben Hammer||Judge Weisman|
|Michael P. Moran||Juvenile Judge|
|Larry Romano||1st Man|
|Tom Signorelli||Confession Man|
|John Slattery||Fred Carlson|
|Henry Stram||Prison Doctor|
|Geoffrey Widgor||Young John Riley|
|Joe Perrino||Young Shakes|
|Louis Di Giaimo||Casting|
|Peter Giuliano||Executive Producer|
|Gloria Gresham||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Allan Mason||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|John Williams [composer]||Score Composer|
|Kristi Zea||Production Designer|
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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.
KEVIN BACON, DENIRO, PITT...A GREAT BUNCH OF ACTORS THAT COMPLIMENT EACHOTHER. THIS FILM WILL PULL YOU THROUGH THE WHOLE SPECTRUM OF HUMAN EMOTION.
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.
i saw the movie like a hundred times. i have it so i watch it a lot.
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