Sleepers (1996)
Front Cover Actor
Kevin Bacon Sean Nokes
Robert De Niro Father Bobby
Jason Patric Lorenzo, a.k.a. Shakes
Brad Pitt Michael
Billy Crudup Tommy Marcano
Dustin Hoffman Danny Snyder
Bruce "Bruno" Kirby, Jr. Shakes' Father
Vittorio Gassman King Benny
Minnie Driver Carol
Ron Eldard John
Terry Kinney Ralph Ferguson
Bruno Kirby Shakes' Father
Frank Medrano Fat Mancho
Joseph Perrino Young Lorenzo 'Shakes' Carcaterra
Geoffrey Wigdor Young John Reilly
Movie Details
Genre Thriller; Crime; Drama
Director Barry Levinson
Producer Steve Golin; Barry Levinson; Lorenzo Carcaterra; Peter Giuliano
Writer Lorenzo Carcaterra; Barry Levinson
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 2 hr 32 mins
Country USA
Color Color
The first thing you need to know about Sleepers is that it's based on a novel by Lorenzo Carcaterra that was allegedly based on a true story. The movie repeats this bogus claim, which was attacked and determined by a wide majority to be misleading. Knowing this, Sleepers can be a problematic movie because it's too neat, too clean, too manipulative in terms of legal justice and dramatic impact to be truly convincing. And yet, with its stellar cast directed by Barry Levinson, the movie succeeds as gripping entertainment, and its tale of complex morality--despite a dubious emphasis on homophobic revenge--is sufficiently provocative. It's about four boys in New York's Hell's Kitchen district who are sent to reform school, where they must endure routine sexual assaults by the sadistic guards. Years after their release, the opportunity for revenge proves irresistible for two of the young men, who must then rely on the other pair of friends (Brad Pitt, Jason Patric), a loyal priest (Robert De Niro), and a shabby lawyer (Dustin Hoffman) to defend them in court. Despite the compelling ambiguities of the story, there's never any doubt about how we're supposed to feel, and the screenplay glosses over the story's most difficult moral dilemmas. And yet, Sleepers grabs your attention and pulls you into its intense story of friendship and the price of loyalty under extreme conditions. The movie's New York settings are vividly authentic, and Minnie Driver makes a strong impression as a long-time friend of the loyal group of guys. --Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It Yes
Index 949
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 12/4/03
Purchase Price $10.00
Store Fry's
Owner JC
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 008
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
UPC 085391448228
Release Date 2002
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Dolby Widescreen