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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 made a mistake that changed 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)  »

Also Known As:

Los hijos de la calle  »

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$44,000,000 (estimated)

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

Gross:

$53,300,852 (USA) (24 January 1997)
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At one time Sandra Bullock was attached to play Carol. See more »

Goofs

The flag of Greece being displayed on the hot dog cart when the boys try to steal it was only adopted by Greece in 1978. At the time of the movie, the flag of Greece was made of a single white cross on blue background. See more »

Quotes

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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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References The Untouchables (1959) See more »

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Catch a Wave
Performed by The Beach Boys
Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Special Markets
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The Sleeper of 1996
27 November 2000 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Sleeper(1996) is a deeply emotional and brilliant film that was overlooked in 1996. It deals with the past and how events from the past can be instrumential in shaping the present. The movie was very controversial due to the subject matter. I believe that one reason that Sleepers(1996) didn't get the praise it deserved is the film deals with things that were already present in Mean Streets(1973) and Once Upon a Time in America(1984). The first half of the feature reminds me a lot of the flash back sequences from Once Upon a Time in America(1984). Brad Pitt gives what I see as the best performance of his life. What I also like about Sleepers(1996) is that it puts together two of the best actors of their genreation in Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro.


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