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Tommy, John, Michael, and Shakes are four young teenage punks growing up in the streets of Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen in the mid-1960s. When these four friends pull a prank that that goes awry, they find themselves serving time at the Wilkinson School for Boys, where they are repeatedly and sadistically violated and tortured by four guards--the most menacing being Noles, portrayed by Kevin Bacon. Fifteen years later, the foursome is still dealing with the emotional repercussions of their abuse. Tommy (Billy Crudup) and John (Ron Eldard) have become common criminals, and when they spot Noles in a local watering hole they can't pass up the chance for revenge. It's up to Shakes (Jason Patric), a low-profile newspaper employee, and Michael (Brad Pitt), a lawyer with the district attorney's office, to save their friends while keeping the details of their tortured childhoods secret. Dustin Hoffman appears as Danny Snyder, and Robert De Niro stars as Father Bobby, the local neighborhood priest who is as comfort...
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CastBilly Crudup
DirectorBarry Levinson
Release Date:  1996
MPAA Rating:  R
DVD Release Date:  Warner Home Video (August 22, 1997)
Runtime:  2hr 28min
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review by . May 08, 2000
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Pros: Good actors     Cons: Poor performances     Based on the story of four boys growing up in the same neighborhood and forced to spend a year together in a hell known as the Wilkinson Home for Boys, you are introduced to the men they have become. Some went good, some went bad - but none of them forgot the horror they all shared and never spoke of. Another film with the background of guards mistreating prisoners (albeit boys), you find another look into …
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