Sleepers [Blu-ray] [1996]

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  • Release Date: 08/02/2011
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (70 out of 70)

Special Features


  • Theatrical trailer

Synopsis


Sleepers
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. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Kevin Bacon
    Kevin Bacon - Sean Nokes
  • Robert De Niro
    Robert De Niro - Father Bobby
  • Billy Crudup
    Billy Crudup - Tommy Marcano
  • Dustin Hoffman
    Dustin Hoffman - Danny Snyder
  • Bruno Kirby
    Bruno Kirby - Shakes' Father



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars with 70 reviews

100%of customers would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    sweet revenge

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    eckoe
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    Sleepers is a 1996 American legal crime drama film written, produced, and directed by Barry Levinson, and based on Lorenzo Carcaterra's 1995 novel of the same name. The film starred Jason Patric, Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Vittorio Gassmann and Kevin Bacon among others. After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized; over 10 years later, they get their chance for revenge.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One Of The Most Underappreciated Films Ever

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    Mike
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    With a gripping story, augmented by the moral and ethical dilemmas of a lawyer, a journalist, and a priest, Barry Levinson's SLEEPERS is heart-pounding drama at its finest. Set in New York's Hell's Kitchen--with all of its subsequent turbulence and socioeconomic dysfunction--this film tells the story of four boys, four lifelong pals, who are sadistically brutalized in a reform school and carry the scars into their adult lives.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great movie, but not one you can watch any time.

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    WillDu

    There are some movies that are almost flawless but at the same time they aren't the king you can watch over and over again, once every few years or maybe once a year is just fine. This is one of those. It starts off as an entertaining yarn about four kids growing up in New York and things take a terrible turn and the movie ends as a legal revenge story. Acted well almost all around it's one of the better movies of the late 90's.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow! Great Actors, But A Sad Story

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    TurbineTommy
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    Based on the 'Hells Kitchen' abuse at a juvenile reform school years ago, this movie's intense but with excellent acting from many well-known actors. Kevin Bacon especially acts well as an evil abuser, who gets his just desserts (so to speak).

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    SLEEPERS IS FULL OF SUSPENSE !

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    FresnoEd

    This movie is a fine thriller staring five (5) great actors that I am big fans of: Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Bacon and Jason Patric. The story is about four (4) young friends with punishment that doesn't fit the crime. Fifteen years later an unexpected opportunity to get revenge. Don't wait see it now.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good

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    drea
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    A movie about these two guys who get revenge after killing a man who had brutalized them and their other friends when they were kids. Will they go to prison for the crime they committed or somehow get away?

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tragically Good

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    Snacks
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    Sleepers is a great movie which results from a tragedy like "Shawshank Redemption". The movie is very good but the issue pushing the story can weigh on you. If you haven't seen the movie I suggest you give it a try. Just know, the story isn't necessarily uplifting.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A "sleeper" hit...

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    Blacktrinary
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    That review summary, I had to throw out there lol. It's an adaptation of true event. Sometime it can be too melodramatic. The director took much liberty in the direction some people may not like it. Overall great acting, good story. Well done.

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