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(1996)

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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 one hundred percent 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.
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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, 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 house, (at around one hour seventeen minutes) 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, Connecticut, right after the state took possession of the property.
At one time, Sandra Bullock was attached to play Carol.
Devon Sawa was offered the role of Young Michael Sullivan, but passed because he was in production with Wild America (1997).
Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro also appeared in Wag the Dog (1997), Meet the Fockers (2004), and Little Fockers (2010).
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, and Brad Pitt; and one Oscar nominee: Minnie Driver.
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Roger Ebert criticized the movie as homophobic.
Robert De Niro and Bruno Kirby worked together previously in The Godfather Part II.
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Billy Crudup and John Slattery also appeared in Spotlight (2015), which also revolves on similar themes of abuse.
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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".
Kevin Bacon and Brad Renfro also appeared in Telling Lies in America (1997).
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One of three films Barry Levinson did with Bruno Kirby. They previously collaborated on Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) and Tin Men (1987).
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Brad Renfro and Brad Pitt - who play young Michael and Michael respectively - have the same first names.
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This marks the first time that Barry Levinson and Composer John Williams have worked together on a movie.
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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).

Spoilers 

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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