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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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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 childhood friends (played by Joseph Perrino, Jonathan Tucker, Brad Renfro and Geoffrey Wigdor respectively) living in Hell's Kitchen, New York City in the mid-1960s. The four friends work for local gangster King Benny (Vittorio Gassman) who has them deliver bribe money to the local police precinct on a weekly basis. They are often under the eye of Father Bobby (Robert De Niro), himself a one-time delinquent.

On a hot summer day in 1967, the boys play a prank on a Greek American hot dog vendor, stealing his cart. A near-fatal accident occurs when the cart falls down a subway station staircase, crushing a man named James Caldwell (Don Hewitt) at the bottom of the stairs. Found guilty of reckless endangerment, the four are sentenced to serve time at the Wilkinson Home for Boys in upstate New York.

There, the boys are systematically beaten, abused and raped by head guards Sean Nokes, Henry Addison, Adam Styler and Ralph Ferguson (played by Kevin Bacon, Jeffrey Donovan, Lennie Loftin and Terry Kinney respectively). When the guards put together a team of inmates to play a touch football game, the four Hell's Kitchen boys are selected and decide to use the game as an opportunity to get back at the guards physically. They ask Rizzo ...

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