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Sleepers [Blu-ray] (2011)

Brad Pitt , Robert Deniro , Barry Levinson  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (617 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brad Pitt, Robert Deniro, Billy Crudup, Brad Renfro, Kevin Bacon
  • Directors: Barry Levinson
  • Writers: Barry Levinson, Lorenzo Carcaterra
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 2, 2011
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (617 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004YCKK46
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,911 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The judicial system is supposed to protect them. But when a youthful prank in New York's Hell's Kitchen spins out of control, the punishment doesn't fit the crime. Sentenced to the Wilkinson School for Boys, four pals are mistreated at will by a cadre of sadistic guards. Now, 15 years later, they have an unexpected opportunity to use that system - for revenge. Friendship. Loyalty. Retribution. The powerful themes and startling events of the controversial bestseller come to the screen in the electrifying thriller Sleepers, written for the screen and directed by Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Disclosure). Kevin Bacon, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Bruno Kirby, Jason Patric and Brad Pitt headline the ensemble of the compelling movie that "reminds us what superb acting is all about" (Pat Collins, WWOR-TV). From its telltale opening lines to its stunning courtroom climax, Sleepers is spellbinding entertainment. With a vengeance.

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114 of 126 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solemn drama gets the all-star treatment April 8, 2002
Format:DVD
SLEEPERS

(USA - 1996)

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Super 35)
Theatrical soundtracks: Dolby Digital / DTS / SDDS

By virtue of its all-star cast, handsome production values and solemn subject matter, Barry Levinson's SLEEPERS was clearly intended as a Major Motion Picture from the outset. Based on the harrowing true-life bestseller by journalist Lorenzo Carcaterra - first published in 1995 - book and film describe the appalling fate of four Hell's Kitchen kids (played as children by Joe Perrino, Brad Renfro, Geoffrey Wigdor and Jonathan Tucker) who, in 1967, were sentenced to confinement in the 'Wilkinson Home for Boys' following a near-fatal accident involving a hot dog vending machine which they had stolen as a prank. Inside the reformatory, all four boys are sexually and emotionally abused by a group of sadistic guards led by the sinister Nokes (Kevin Bacon at his slimiest). More than a decade later, traumatized by their experiences, two of the now grown-up boys (Ron Eldard and Billy Crudup) corner Nokes unexpectedly in a local diner and murder him in cold blood. The other members of the group - one a prosecuting attorney (Brad Pitt), the other an aspiring writer and journalist (Jason Patric) - formulate a daring plan to have their friends acquitted, expiose the reformatory's dark secrets, and take revenge on their abusers...

Such an extraordinary tale was always going to be controversial, and so it proved.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational August 27, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is a film that will stick in the mind of anyone who see's it. Jason Patric gives an excelent performance as Lorenzo, the main character and narrator, and Brad Pitt shows his usual class as Michael, the brains behind the manipulation of the law. Robert De Niro's flawless portrayal of Father Bobby is simply brilliant, and is one of the key's to this film's excellence. The young actors are every bit as good as their adult counterparts, with gripping performances from Joseph Perrino, Brad Renfro, Geoffrey Wigdor, and Jonathan Tucker. This film will shock you with its insight of boys' institution's amd the horror that these young boys were subjected too. If this story is indeed true, which we will never know for sure, then it shows us the brutality hiden deep in the concience of the guards, and in the fear of the victims. The story revolves around four friends from the town of Hells Kitchen, who pull a prank on a street vendor which goes wrong and they end up killing a man. The four are sentenced to time in "The Wilkinson Home For Boys" where they are subjected to routine sexual assaults by the very people supposed to look after them (Kevin Bacon, Terry Kinney). Two of the boys become hardened criminals, and upon seein 'Nokes'(Bacon) in their local bar they shoot him dead. From here the film becomes a legal drama, whereby the other two of the boys work to help their friends get away with their act of revenge. This hardhitting drama is one which you will not forget, and will want to watch again and again.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding October 11, 2003
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
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.
It comes as no surprise that two of the four embark on a problematic life of crime; it comes as even less of a surprise that when a former reform school guard is seen eating in a diner the two men extract a brutal and bloody revenge.
At this point SLEEPERS embarks on a breathless course of twists and turns, with one underlying, consistent theme: the unbroken bond of friendship. With their friends on trial for murder, the other two men, a prosecuting attorney (Brad Pitt) and a journalist (Jason Patric) put their careers and reputations on the line to exonerate the defendants--who are indeed guilty of murder--and to malign the former guard who was killed. The stage is set for courtroom drama that is literally spellbinding.
Kevin Bacon, Jason Patric, Brad Pitt, and Minnie Driver are exceptional in this film, but the cast is trumped by two "oldtimers," Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro. Hoffman plays an alcoholic defense attorney in over his head for the trial, while De Niro--as a loving priest who has been a father figure to all four of the boys--faces a titanic decision as he is called to testify as an important witness. The acting is compelling and absorbing, and so is the story. SLEEPERS is about as good as a drama can get.
--D. Mikels
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie, excellent transfer, appalling DVD November 27, 2004
By Yarby
Format:DVD
I'm not going to go into the details of this movie much. From reading the reviews on this site, you either like it, or you don't. Frankly, I very seldom like any movie made in the last 20 years or so...but this one really grabbed me and kept my attention. All of the actors came across as very believable characters...something sorely lacking in most movies. The boys, especially, played their parts wonderfully.

The transfer of the film was great...clear, with little grain or other problems. About my only complaint in this area would be the inconsistent sound level. Some sound effects, such as the screaming subway train, would be speaker-rattling with the volume at the proper level for the dialogue.

The worst problem with this DVD, however, is the fact that it is a "flipper". For a movie of only 2-1/2 hours, this is inexcusable. Not only that, the transitions for the end of one side and the beginning of the other are extremely abrupt. Though I can't remember from seeing the movie in the theatre, it certainly appears something was truncated.

4 stars for the movie, 4 for the transfer, 1 for the DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Private horrors of young boys.
The revelation of the hell experienced by young boys from their mischief gone awry changes their lives forever at the hands of sadistic adults.
Published 13 days ago by D. R. Cottingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Time capsule eruption
Some pain and fear do not go away with the passing of time. Sometime the damage we can cause in young lives, with out help, can be permanent and devastating. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Thomas B. Gesford
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I enjoyed this film. Characters and setting were believable and moving and has a great ending. I would recommend this film.
Published 18 days ago by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Sleepers, well worth your time
Unfortunitely this movie depics many truths about the juvenile justice system. The movie is well worth your time to watch it.
Published 18 days ago by Elton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I don't know if it's based on true events, but it makes you think of what could happen to anyone.
Published 19 days ago by trena jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Put to sleep
This movie was so slow moving and ridiculous in it's story line that I quit after the first hour. Not worth the time to continue.
Published 20 days ago by V Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I really enjoyed this movie! What is unsettling is that this movie is based on claims of truth. One inmate of the boys home in this movie claims this movie is true. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Dog Daze
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie!
The best film I've seen in a long while. it is so engrossing and so many surprises. I'll watch it again.
Published 21 days ago by Ava South
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic "Greek Tragedy".
Classic "Greek Tragedy". Star power and brilliant acting turn this adaptation of a "true story" into a very watchable movie.
Published 21 days ago by Superx
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie!
Great cast and story. My wife and enjoyed it and would highly recommend this movie However, some of the scenes in the boys home were pretty violent.
Published 22 days ago by Mark W Doukas
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