Sleepers (DVD)

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Sleepers (DVD)

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 fou...

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“An eye for an eye….”

published 29/04/2015

ProWell-acted, courtroom scenes are interesting, Robe...

ConsToo long, not convincing, not hard-hitting enough

RELEASED: 1996, Cert. PG RUNNING TIME: Approx. 147 mins DIRECTOR/SCREENPLAY: Barry Levinson PRODUCERS: Steve Golin & Barry Levinson MUSIC: John Williams MAIN CAST:- Joe Perrino as young Lorenzo Jason Patric as adult Lorenzo Brad Renfro as young Michael Brad Pitt as adult Michael Jonathan Tucker...

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Super

ProGood background/plot, characters, cast, spooky/sin...

ConsThemes may upset some, jerky camerawork, De Niros ...

- Story - Four adolescents grow up in a rough area and end up carrying out a prank leading to someone getting hurt. They get sent to a detention centre in New York, where they become subject to bullying and abuse by those meant to protect them. Years later, they get a chance for revenge against...

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Super

ProGood performances and sympathetic direction

ConsShame that these horrors go on in the world

The Storyline ----------------- Four teenage friends, who have no direction in life, enjoy having fun and causing mischief in an area of New York called Hell's Kitchen. The boys have a friend in the local priest, who is more suited to the street than the pulpit. He tries to give them guidance and...

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“Revenge Is Sweet”

published 10/12/2009

ProCompelling first half, very astute

ConsLacklustre in parts, uncomfortable viewing at time...

Hells Kitchen, New York has always been a difficult place to live let alone grow up in, with drug dealers, murderers and rapists at every corner, but that’s just the surroundings that four young boys grow up in, in 1967. The mischievous boys play a prank on a hot dog vender however what at first...

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Excellent

ProA deep and moving plot based on a real story & exc...

ConsSome disturbing scenes of sexual and physical assu...

Sleepers (DVD) ~~~The Cast~~~ The main characters: Group of four boys - John Riley (Geoffory Wigdor), Thomas (Jonathan Tucker), Michael Sullivan (Brad Renfro) and Shakes (Joe Perrino) and their adult counterparts Ron Eldard, Billy Crudup, Brad Pitt and Jason Patric. The boys' uncompromising...

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Super

Propowerful performances from a great cast

Conspretends to be a true story

Most of the time Hollywood manages to take a really good piece of fiction and convert it into a disappointing film. Thankfully this is not the case with Sleepers. The original best-selling book by Lorenzo Carcaterra was successfully transported to the big screen by Barry Levinson along with co...

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Excellent

ProInteresting film, important topic

ConsDisturbing Story

Last week I was flicking through the channels and a film had just started called 'Sleepers' I had no idea what it was so decided to watch, once I started I was hooked. As I watched this on TV I am unable to tell you if the DVD has and special features. 1996, Sleepers Writer/Director/Producer:...

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“Payback time”

published 20/07/2008

ProThe first half of the film is excellent

ConsSecond half drags

Growing up in Hell's Kitchen in the mid sixties is great fun for Tommy, John, Michael and Shakes. They play hard, but they are generally good kids, much liked in the neighbourhood. But a prank one day changes their lives for ever - they steal a hot dog vendor's stand and let it go at the top of...

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Excellent

ProEverything about the film

ConsNone for me

~~~Sleepers~~~ In the long hot summer of 1967, four childhood friends growing up in Hells Kitchen play a seemingly harmless prank on a hot dog vendor, however it all goes disastrously wrong when they nearly kill a man who is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sentenced by the courts they boys...

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Super

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Some films carry a sense of grandeur, some films carry a sense of gravity, and some films TRY to carry a sense of gravity and grandeur. Despite the best of intentions, they final product doesn't quite live up to the hype. For whatever reason they just don't 'feel' right. Oh dear, we're in for a...

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Excellent

ProGreat cast, great script and a moving story.

ConsThat it ever happened.

Okay guys get ready for probably the most biased review ever to find its way onto the hallowed screens of ciao! Yes, before I begin to tell you why I'll start by saying that I LOVE this film. Sleepers is a dark movie based on the book of the same name. Written by Lorenzo Carcaterra, it is the...

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“Sleeping with the light on”

published 09/11/2001

ProA compelling story of violence, abuse, revenge and...

ConsA harrowing story, definitely not light viewing

Sleepers is a chilling story, and one that is made all the more powerful simply because everything in it is based on real events. It is the story of four young friends who live in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan, a tough area full of tough men, run by a respected gangster known as King...

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Excellent

“Sleepers-A wonderful film”

published 14/04/2003

ProWonderful true story with great acting

ConsNot so great soundtrack

Sleepers is an excellent film based on the even better novel by Lorenzo Carcaterra. In the novel, Carcaterra claims that the story is based on the true story of what he himself experienced as a child with his three friends. The film repeats this claim which was considered by many to be misleading...

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“Sleepers (1996)”

published 13/09/2010

Prostoryline is well thought out

Conssome scenes might be hard for some to sit through

Sleepers is one of the most moving dramas i've seen in a while. It stars Brad Pitt and other actors who seem familiar but i can't put a name to. I thought the performances in the film were excellent, from the child to the adult actors all cast played the roles perfectly. This movie is based upon...

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Excellent

Profantastic script and performances

Conssome traumatic scenes

This movie had me glued to the settee and the screen, it is a powerful, realistic and compelling drama. To start with we have an excellent cast of well seasoned actors including Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Bacon, Jason Patric and Minnie Driver, although as the story is set...

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Product Information : Sleepers (DVD)

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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 comfortable on the streets or in a bar as he is behind the pulpit. Based on the allegedly true story by Lorenzo Carcaterra, the film is directed by Barry Levinson (DINER, RAIN MAN).

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