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Sleepers (1996)

Four mischievous friends growing up in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen are sent to the Wilkinson School for Boys – a sadistic reform school – after a foolish prank goes wrong. Here, they are repeatedly abused at will by a cadre of sadistic guards.

15 years later, they plot their revenge.

Sleepers

The big themes pile up, but director Barry Levinson keeps the story rolling, and the cast is truly impressive: Robert De Niro as a priest, Dustin Hoffman as a lawyer, Kevin Bacon as a prison guard, and Brad Pitt and Jason Patric as two of the now grown-up abused children.

It’s often absorbing and exudes importance and integrity, but the plot mechanism and its moral stance – that violent revenge is fully justified – is not totally believable.

Sean Nokes
Kevin Bacon
Father Bobby
Robert De Niro
Danny Snyder
Dustin Hoffman
Lorenzo “Shakes” Carcarterra
Jason Patric
Michael
Brad Pitt
Tommy
Billy Crudup
John
Ron Eldard
King Benny
Vittorio Gassman
Carol Martinez
Minnie Driver
Ralph Ferguson
Terry Kinney
Shakes’s father
Bruno Kirby
Young Michael Sullivan
Brad Renfro
Henry Addison
Jeffrey Donovan
Fred Carlson
John Slattery

Director
Barry Levinson

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