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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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Four friends have made a mistake that will change their lives forever. 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)  »

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Los hijos de la calle  »

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$44,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$53,300,852 (USA) (24 January 1997)
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During filming both Brad Renfro and Joe Perrino wore colored contact lenses so they would have the same colored eyes as Brad Pitt and Jason Patric who played the characters as adults. See more »

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At the end of the movie we see the outside of the courthouse which says "United States Courthouse" which is a Federal Court. The trial took place in a State court not a Federal Court. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Features Harper (1966) See more »

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My Eyes Adored You
Performed by Frankie Valli
Written by Kenny Nolan and Bob Crewe
Courtesy of The Four Seasons Partnership
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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