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    Unique ID Code: 0000039412
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    Added on: 7/9/2002 12:40
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    Sleepers (UK)

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    Four friends have made a mistake that will change their lives forever
    Certificate: 18
    Running Time: 148 mins
    Retail Price: £17.99
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    In Sixties New York, four young boys, Lorenzo, Michael, John and Tommy, grow up in Hell`s Kitchen, befriended by both the local priest and the gang boss. However, when a prank has near-fatal consequences the boys are sent to reform school, where they are sexually abused and beaten by a quartet of prison guards, an experience that marks the rest of their lives. Barry Levinson directs an all-star cast including Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Bacon and Jason Patrick.

    Special Features:
    Production Notes
    Theatrical Trailer

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital 5.1 German

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Barry Levinson

    Written By:

    Jason Patric
    Dustin Hoffman
    Minnie Driver
    Ron Eldard
    Robert De Niro
    Billy Crudup
    Kevin Bacon

    Casting By:
    Louis DiGiaimo

    Soundtrack By:
    John Williams

    Director of Photography:
    Michael Ballhaus

    Stu Linder

    Costume Designer:
    Gloria Gresham

    Production Designer:
    Kristi Zea

    Gerrit van der Meer
    Barry Levinson
    Steve Golin
    Lorenzo Carcaterra

    Executive Producer:
    Peter Giuliano

    Universal Pictures

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    9 / 10
    Sleepers is a story that revolves around four boys, Lorenzo, John, Tommy and Michael who have been raised and live in the mafia-run Hell`s Kitchen, New York. The judical system is supposed to protect them. However, one warm day during the summer they pull a seamingly harmless prank that spins terribly out of control and they end up almost killing a man. This changes their lives forever and from that point on they are robbed of a normal life. Afterwards they are sentenced to a punnishment that does not fit the crime. The four friends are sent to "The Wilkinson Home For Boys" and while they are there they are subjected to beatings, sexual assaults and rapes by prison guards who are the very people that are supposed to look after them (Kevin Bacon, Terry Kinney). Fifteen years later, Lorenzo (Jason Patric) works at a newspaper and Michael (Brad Pitt) is a New York lawyer. The other two boys become hardened criminals working for the mob and they end up seeing Nokes (Bacon) in their local pub and they shoot him to death. Jason Patric plays Lorenzo great and he also does an excellent narration throughout the movie and Robert De Niro potrays Father Bobby very well. The only extra feature on the DVD is the trailer but it is good as well. From the opening words to the stunning courtroom scenes, Sleepers is a thrilling, great and haunting movie. This is a very good DVD which I would recommend to anyone because it is a great film and is well worth buying.
    posted by LFC_Lad on 17/2/2003 04:39