Sleepers (Blu-ray) R

When friendship runs deeper than blood
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 28 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: August 2, 2011
  • Originally Released: 1996
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Theatrical trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, Spanish
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish
    • Subtitles - French, Spanish

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh73%

TOMATOMETER
Total Count: 56

Upright85%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 92,908
If audiences aren't bothered by this disturbing subtext, there's a lot to enjoy in this impeccably structured, handsomely produced saga.
Variety
Jun 24, 2008
Rating: 6/10 -- ...it's more than a bit disconcerting to see how the narrative makes serious wrongdoers sympathetic. Therefore, a qualified success. Full Review
Movie Metropolis
Aug 16, 2011
Rating: 3/4 -- 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. Full Review
San Francisco Chronicle
Jun 18, 2002
Rating: 2.5/4 -- 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] Full Review
Groucho Reviews
Aug 2, 2011
Levinson has done nothing to sift the half-truths from the melodrama... Full Review
Time Out
Feb 9, 2006
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. Full Review
TIME Magazine
Aug 14, 2009
Rating: B- -- It plays out as a stylish and lurid amoral vigilante thriller, one that never earns the viewer's confidence that this is the real thing. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Apr 27, 2015

Product Description:

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).

Plot Synopsis:

When a mischievous prank goes awry, a group of Hell's Kitchen juveniles are sent to a reform institution, where they experience brutal sexual assaults by the sadistic "caretakers." Two decades later, a pair of the now-grown victims spot their chief tormenter and decide to exact revenge.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: October 18, 1996.
  • The film was shown on opening night at the 1996 Venice Film Festival.
  • Filmed in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY, and Newtown, CT.
  • Although author Lorenzo Carcaterra claims that SLEEPERS is based on actual events in his life, there are no records from the school or from the Manhattan courts to substantiate his claim.
  • The film features the screen debut of Billy Crudup.

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  • Sales Rank: 52,362
  • UPC: 883929180059
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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