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Sleepers (movie)

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Sleepers is a 1996 legal drama film written and directed by Barry Levinson, and based on Lorenzo Carcaterra's 1995 novel of the same name. Lorenzo "Shakes" Carcaterra, Thomas "Tommy" Marcano, Michael Sullivan and John Reilly are four … see full wiki

Director: Barry Levinson
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Release Date: October 18, 1996
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Sleepers (movie)

Some scenes are graphic, but a good movie

  • Dec 19, 2008
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I knew from the beginning that this movie was going to be intense, and usually I can't handle intense movies, like "The Green Mile" or "End of Days". Graphical scenes, especially dealing with child abuse or sexual abuse. But I held in and watched this movie. It turned out to be one of my favorite movies. Wonderful acting and an excellent plot. Revenge. It can be sweet.

The first half of the movie is based from 1966 to 1968. Four best friends living in Hell's Kitchen, the west side streets of Manhatten. Shakes, Michael, John, and Tommy. They all live in safe streets but live in domestic violence. One hot summer day in 1967 the four boys pull what started as a harmless prank to almost killing a man. John, Michael, and Tommy were sentenced to no more than a year and a half, no less than a year, Shakes is sentenced from 6 months to a year. They are sent to Wilkinson's Home for Boys, a correction center that looks like a university. While in there the four guards, one of whom is played by Kevin Bacon, mentally, physically, and sexually abuse the four boys, completely alternating there life.

It's like 10 or 12 years later, John and Tommy are now gangsters and murderers, Michael is now a washed up lawyer fresh out of law school, and Shakes is a journalist for a paper. In a chance meeting, John and Tommy run into Knowles (Bacon) in a bar. They shoot him 7 times and leave the bar. Now they're on trial, they murdered for a right reason. Revenge.

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