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After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized; over 10 years later, they get their chance for revenge.

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Four boys growing up in Hell's Kitchen play a prank that leads to an old man getting hurt. Sentenced to no less than one year in the Wilkenson Center in upstate New York, the four friends are changed by the beating, humiliation and sexual abuse by the guards sworn to protect them. Thirteen years later and a chance meeting lead to a chance for revenge against the Wilkenson Center and the guards. Written by Albert@SaveKoalas.com

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When friendship runs deeper than blood See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language, graphic violence and two scenes of strong sexual content | See all certifications »

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18 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los hijos de la calle  »

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$44,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,305,745 (USA) (18 October 1996)

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$53,300,852 (USA) (24 January 1997)
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Trivia

Author Lorenzo Carcaterra has claimed that his book on which the film is based was a true story of his childhood. When the New York legal community went on record stating that no cases resembling the events of his book could be found in any court records, Carcaterra refused to discuss the discrepancy. It is generally believed that his book was almost 100% fiction. Carcaterra's school attendance records show he could not have been in prison for as long as he said, and that he could not have been in prison at the dates given for certain events in the book. See more »

Goofs

When the boys are being driven to the detention center, the road is shown painted with double yellow road stripes and yellow 'dashed' center stripes. Dashed center markings were still white until the early 1970s. While many roads still used white solid center markings, double yellow lines had been introduced in the 1950s so they 'may' have been on that road in the mid 1960s. See more »

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Lorenzo: This is a true story about friendship that runs deeper than blood. This is my story and that of the only three friends in my life that truely mattered. Two of them were killers who never made it past the age of 30. The other's a non-practicing attorney living with the pain of his past - too afraid to let it go, never confronting its horror. I'm the only one who can speak for them, and the children we were.
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Witchi Tai To
Performed by Everything Is Everything
Written by James G. Pepper
Courtesy of Vanguard Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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4 childhood friends set out for petty prank that changes their lives forever.
4 January 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

"Sleepers," is a captivating, taut, ride. It's well-crafted visually and storywise, keeping my attention from the first plot point to the last, which is hard to do, as I see dozens of movies each week. I can't believe I missed this back in '96. It must have been the pedestrian title, but at any rate, the performances were top-notch and the story, both intriguing and heart-wrenching. One seemingly harmless lifting of a hot dog, places four lives in a juvenile system that rips their promise apart. Wow. Who cares if the story is true, the movie is entertaining and a fun ride!


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