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Sleepers (Widescreen)

Jason Patric , Kevin Bacon , Barry Levinson    R (Restricted)   DVD
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The first thing you need to know about Sleepers is that it's based on a novel by Lorenzo Carcaterra that was allegedly based on a true story. The movie repeats this bogus claim, which was attacked and determined by a wide majority to be misleading. Knowing this, Sleepers can be a problematic movie because it's too neat, too clean, too manipulative in terms of legal justice and dramatic impact to be truly convincing. And yet, with its stellar cast directed by Barry Levinson, the movie succeeds as gripping entertainment, and its tale of complex morality--despite a dubious emphasis on homophobic revenge--is sufficiently provocative. It's about four boys in New York's Hell's Kitchen district who are sent to reform school, where they must endure routine sexual assaults by the sadistic guards. Years after their release, the opportunity for revenge proves irresistible for two of the young men, who must then rely on the other pair of friends (Brad Pitt, Jason Patric), a loyal priest (Robert De Niro), and a shabby lawyer (Dustin Hoffman) to defend them in court. Despite the compelling ambiguities of the story, there's never any doubt about how we're supposed to feel, and the screenplay glosses over the story's most difficult moral dilemmas. And yet, Sleepers grabs your attention and pulls you into its intense story of friendship and the price of loyalty under extreme conditions. The movie's New York settings are vividly authentic, and Minnie Driver makes a strong impression as a long-time friend of the loyal group of guys. --Jeff Shannon

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Sleepers (La Correction au Québec) est un film américain réalisé par Barry Levinson et sorti sur les écrans en 1996. Ce film est tiré de faits réels. Il est fondé sur le roman éponyme de Lorenzo Carcaterra.En 1967, dans le quartier new-yorkais de Hell's Kitchen, quatre jeunes amis inséparables, Shakes, Michael, John et Tommy vivent dans les rues sous le regard bienveillant du père Bobby. Malgré l'attention de l'homme d'église pour maintenir les quatre copains sur la bonne voie, ceux-ci mènent une vie difficile, jusqu'au jour où leur destinée est bouleversée par une farce qui tourne au drame lorsque le chariot à hot-dog qu'ils viennent de dérober devient l'arme d'un crime malencontreux. Leur vie à tous les quatre va soudainement basculer. Mineurs, ils sont jugés et envoyés dans la maison de redressement Wilkinson Home For Boys, une des plus strictes de l'État de New York. Sur place, l'enfer commence, les geôliers sont sur le territoire où seules leurs lois comptent, en l'occurrence celles des petits plaisirs personnels. Ils tabassent et violent allègrement les jeunes garçons dont ils ont la garde. Les adolescents font alors un pacte qui les lie dans le silence. Des années plus tard dans un bar John et Tommy, devenus des criminels reconnus, croisent Sean Nokes, l'un des pédophiles et l'abattent de plusieurs balles. À ce moment s'ouvre un nouveau procès. Mais Michael, devenu procureur, et Shakes, journaliste, sont bien décidés de se venger de leur passé en éliminant, légalement ou non, les autres gardiens et en défendant leur amis. Finalement la vengeance aura eu raison de la justice de l'État et les quatre amis, de nouveau réunis, pourront enfin vivre un léger moment de paix intérieure. Finalement seuls Michael et Shakes sortiront indemnes de cette histoire.


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5.0 out of 5 stars I had forgot April 28 2014
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how good this movie really is. 5 young boys whose lives are changed forever which puts them on a dangerous path

the young actors include Jonathon Tucker (great) and the late Brad Renfro fabulous performances

as adults their lives have gone in different directions but come together again. it's a must see drama

received promptly and undamaged
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always loved this movie March 3 2013
By Laurie
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I always loved not only the cast in this movie, but the excellent plot and screen writing. It is based on a true story, which is why I find it so amazing, not to mention heart wrenching in some areas. One of the few movies I've always wanted for myself, but could never find, until now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like Dec 30 2012
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I do like it. Wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2913 to all. Cheers to everyone! Regards
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful March 21 2004
By Greg
Format:DVD
This is a very dramatic and gripping film. The cast is great for the movie, though Brad Pitt is underused, and Dustin Hoffman may seem miscast. But overall a very good and extremely underrated movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH, BUT A GRIPPING FILM March 19 2004
Format:DVD
Making a movie of such a controversial account that is told in the stunning book (with the same name) must have been a daunting task, especially when you fill it with A-list movie stars, some of which are not known for their sentimental sides.
However, Levinson has created a masterpiece, and a film that everyone should watch. Sleepers might've not been the most eloquent courtroom drama, and the tactics used might be unrefined, but I absolutely loved it. It showed the consequences of prison guards' sadism, which affected the boys for the rest of their lives.
All the actors give mindblowing performances, with no conceivable weak link. This includes the four child actors, who dominate half of the movie, but obviously don't receive as much press as their older counterparts. These four kids were outstanding in roles that must have been truly harrowing to play, especially the young boy who played John. Even Brad Pitt shows that under the right direction he can be more than a candy face.
Add to this a great score from John Williams, and you will come back to this film time and time again. The DVD has great features too so in all a very worthy purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sleepers Jan. 19 2004
Format:DVD
Sleepers is a phenominal movie that shows a group of boys growing up and the loyalty they have for each other. All they have is each other and their neighborhood. They protect each other and witness the protection of their neighborhood. The book is one of the best written and the movie follows suit with the spectacular word for word narration of Jason Patric which seems pull the movie into the classic realm. Pay particular attention to the acting job done by Robert Deniro. This is quite possibly his best acting job to date. A good movie with great acting in a well presented package. A+
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5.0 out of 5 stars Facing the Past Nov. 7 2003
Format:VHS Tape
You may find "Sleepers" to be just be a well-acted, provocative legal/psychological drama. However, beware. This purportedly true story just might sneak past your guard.

Robert De Niro is, well, Robert De Niro - always worth watching. But this is not a Robert De Niro film.
With "Sleepers" you won't just HEAR about past rapes of boys by slimy prison guards. "Sleepers" makes you experience (no male nudity shown, thank you) the Hell's Kitchen of childhood mental and sexual devastation. (I think that Joseph Perrino, the young "Shakes," deserves an Oscar.)
When the movie does a 15 year jump ahead, you are still feeling what they thought they had been able to leave in their past. Major message of the movie - you don't get past your past by trying to avoid it!!!! (That's an exclamation point for each "boy.") The next scene, when John (Ron Eldard) bumps into scumbag rapist former-guard (Kevin Bacon) in a dive diner, shocked me as much as it shocked John. John looking at himself in the bathroom mirror may be the most powerful single event in the movie.
A close second is when narrator "Shakes" gathers up the courage to go visit his father in desperate hopes of telling his own dad what was done to him while in the juvenile prison. His father is just not on the same page, and Shakes closes back up without telling him. Wow. If that scene doesn't move you.......
As an attorney, I particularly liked Dustin Hoffman's defensed attorney come-back (required by awesome character, King Benny). Hoffman's unassuming cross-examination of the only unmurdered rapist guard is one of my favorite courtroom scenes of any movie.
The movie's ending is either a flaw or a masterful choice by director Barry Levinson.
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4.0 out of 5 stars chilling story with a great cast Oct. 28 2003
Format:VHS Tape
The cast of this film is an all-star team and they all deliver with Robert DeNiro being the most believable as a tough Hell's kitchen priest that befriends the neighborhood boys. The scenes of abuse at a boys refomatory are absolutely chilling and Kevin Bacon as an abusive guard gives an amazing portrayal of evil.
Overall this is a very interesting film with good to great performances. I know that some have questioned the veracity of the story but as someone who grew up in the neighborhood depicted during the same era I found it all too believable.
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