Sleepers (1996) Poster



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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.
The code name "Edmund" that is used in the paper to notify Michael that he needed to contact Shakes is the name of the main character, Edmund Dantes, from "The Count of Monte Cristo".
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.
Kevin Bacon never actually met his co-stars Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman during the production because of the logistics of the shoot.
In the end of the movie they sing the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons song "Walk Like a Man". In the scene where Shakes is in Carol's home (at around 1h 17 mins) he is picking up a record from the shaft of that same single.
The movie was filmed at the former psychiatric hospital, Fairfield Hills, located in Newtown, CT, right after the state took possession of the property.
At one time Sandra Bullock was attached to play Carol.
Roger Ebert criticized the movie as homophobic.
Devon Sawa was offered the role of Young Michael Sullivan, but passed because he was in production with Wild America (1997).
Jay Z sampled the line, "You boys are soft like bread" for his song "Streets Is Watching" from his 1997 album, "In My Lifetime: Vol. 1".
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Director Trademark 

Barry Levinson: [Ralph Tabakin] Ralph (Warden) has appeared in every Levinson picture from Diner (1982) to Liberty Heights (1999).


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

At the end of the movie, Carol (Minnie Driver) has a son in a photograph. The son is the same actor who played young John.
In the book: after Father Bobby testifies and lies on the stand, he is given a standing ovation when he walks out of court.

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