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Dramatization of the true story of four boys who are imprisoned for a year in the Wilkinson Home for Boys changing them forever. As adults one is a lawyer, one a reporter, & two are professional hit men and all are still filled with the pain & fear of their year in Wilkinson.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Release Date: 3-FEB-2004
Media Type: DVD
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
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Top customer reviews
Very good movie that I can watch more than once.
in the reformatories is well known. A movie with
Robert De Niro is a guarantee of a good performance
in a movie and in general the actors did really well.
This is the story of a tough reallity that involves
unjustice, revange and punishment to the abusers
at the end even the abuse left a permanent lesion
in the hearts of the protagonists.
What I had a problem with was. There were several discrepancies with scenes as shown on the video as compared to the same scene as read from the book.
All and all, I thought the DVD was extremely powerful because it brought out the real storyline which was not the abuse the boy's suffered but the incredibly strong bond beteen them which gave them the strength to endure and in the long term to extract revenge although at at a great sacrafice by them all. The acting by all was teriffic.