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Barry Levinson directed this crime drama based on a controversial bestseller. Jason Patrick stars as Lorenzo, a New York reporter more commonly called "Shakes," a nickname courtesy of his three childhood pals from Hell's Kitchen -- Michael (Brad Pitt), John (Ron Eldard), and Tommy (Billy Crudup). As kids, all four were sent to reform school after accidentally killing someone during a cruel prank. There, the boys were raped and beaten by several guards, including Sean Nokes (Kevin Bacon), a fact
Oct 18, 1996 Wide
Sep 25, 1997
Warner Bros. Pictures
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Robert De Niro
Lorenzo a.k.a. Shake...
Young Michael Sulliv...
Michael P. Moran
James Pickens Jr.
Young John Riley
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It is all legally preposterous. But Levinson is a slick craftsman, his actors are insinuatingly real, and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus casts a disarmingly believable light on these proceedings.
If audiences aren't bothered by this disturbing subtext, there's a lot to enjoy in this impeccably structured, handsomely produced saga.
Levinson has done nothing to sift the half-truths from the melodrama...
At times the images are agonizing to behold, men in their most desperate, hateful depths preying on children. The film, exceptional on many counts, ultimately is sad in a hopeless, haunting way.
Idealized? You bet. That's why the loss of this world must be avenged with the same broad strokes that you'd expect from the Count of Monte Cristo.
In craft terms alone, Sleepers is considerably better than average filmmaking, but it's difficult to take this film as seriously as it takes itself.
Views the gray tones of good and evil and what lengths people are willing to go through to re-claim the dignity they lost as children.
...it's more than a bit disconcerting to see how the narrative makes serious wrongdoers sympathetic. Therefore, a qualified success.
Despite it all, just try to take your eyes off this movie: skillfully crafted by Levinson, Sleepers is eminently watchable, deeply emotional, and populated with top acting talent. [Blu-ray]
Boasting a glorious multi-generational cast (De Niro, Hoffman, Brad Pitt, Jason Patric), Levinson's tale of sexual abuse and revenge is just decent, lacking dramatic energy and relying too much on voice-over narration and conventional courtroom procedures
One thing you will not being doing after seeing this dark, yet beautifully written film, is sleeping.
Disturbing and powerful
Brad Pitt and Jason Patric are, sorry to say, far overshadowed by their more mature colleagues. Neither has any real presence, in my mind, especially Pitt, whose star power is far greater than his acting ability.
One doesn't need to agree with the premise to appreciate Levinson's movie, which is rich in atmosphere and colorful in character.
It has really impressive and diverse cast and the story itself -- fictional or not -- can attract the viewer's attention. But Levinson wastes all that opportunity with some unfortunate directing choices.
A skillfully packaged product that is bound to satisfy.
It is well acted, cleverly directed, photographed and edited, but leaves one feeling hollow and feeling after seeing it.
Drama needs conflict, and Sleepers, at the critical juncture, doesn't deliver any.
Audience Reviews for Sleepers
- Lorenzo a.k.a. Shakes: The future lay sparkiling ahead and we thought we'd known each other forever.
- Lorenzo a.k.a. Shakes: [narrating about Father Bobby] I told him about the torture, the beating and the rapes. I told him about four frightened boys who prayed to Father Bobbys God for help that never came. I told him everything.
- Carol: Mug me or marry me, Shakes. I'm too tired for anything else.
- Carol: The man I know is not the boy you remember.
- Lorenzo a.k.a. Shakes: None of us are.
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