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After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized. Thirteen years later, an unexpected random encounter with a former guard gives them a chance for revenge.

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Nokes
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Tommy
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Father Bobby
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John
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Carol
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King Benny
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Danny Snyder
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Ferguson
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Shakes' Father
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Fat Mancho
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Shakes
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Young Shakes
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Michael
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Young Michael
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Young John
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Young Tommy
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Boyfriend
Joseph Attanasio ...
Male Juror (as Joe Attanasio)
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Forensics Expert
Casandra Brooks ...
Young John's Mother
William K. Butler ...
Juanito (as William Butler)
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Rizzo
Rose Caiola ...
Juror
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Superintendent
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Priest
John Di Benedetto ...
Tony (as John DiBenedetto)
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Addison
Drew Eliot ...
Business Man #1
Reuben Larry Elliot ...
Business Man #2 (as Reuben Larry Elliott)
George Georgiadis ...
Hot Dog Vendor
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Waiter
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Man #1
Don Hewitt ...
James Caldwell
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Judge Weisman
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Court Bailiff
Frank Inzerillo ...
Hanging Man
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Styler
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Dance Judge (as Chuck Lewis Low)
Peter Mahoney ...
Priest #2 (as Father Peter Mahoney)
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Woman at Subway Station
Juan Maria Jr. ...
Davy
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Nick Davenport (as Daniel Mastrogiorgio)
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Sister Carolyn (as Mary McCann)
Pat McNamara ...
Guard
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Lawyer
Conrad Meertins Jr. ...
Inmate #2
Gina Menza ...
Jury Forewoman
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K.C.
Michael P. Moran ...
Judge #1
Rocco Musacchia ...
Salvatore
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Man in Tub
Carmine Parisi ...
King Benny's Boy
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Marlboro
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Little Caesar
Salvatore Paul Piro ...
Mimi
Monica Polito ...
Young Carol
Angela Rago ...
Shakes' Mother
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Young King Benny
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Frank Magcicco
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Man #2
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Confessional Woman
Tom Signorelli ...
Confessional Man
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Carlson
Henry Stram ...
Prison Doctor
Ralph Tabakin ...
Warden
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Nun
Jenique Torres ...
Davy's Sister
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Jerry the Bartender
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Mrs. Salinas
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Carson (as Joseph Urla)
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Burly Man (uncredited)
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Court Officer (uncredited)
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Marine Widow (uncredited)
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Market Diner Westie (uncredited)
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Juvenile Lawyer (uncredited)
Carlo Giuliano ...
Customer (uncredited)
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Kid in Cafeteria (uncredited)
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Fat Mancho's Buddy #1 (uncredited)
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Neighborhood Boy (uncredited)
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Wiseguy (uncredited)
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Neighborhood Man (uncredited)
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Lawyer (uncredited)
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Receiving Communion (uncredited)
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Juror (uncredited)
Kevin Richard Sullivan ...
Boy in Cafeteria (uncredited)
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Pallbearer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Barry Levinson ... (directed by)

Written by

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Lorenzo Carcaterra ... (book)
 
Barry Levinson ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Lorenzo Carcaterra ... co-producer
Peter Giuliano ... executive producer
Steve Golin ... producer (produced by)
Barry Levinson ... producer (produced by)
Gerrit van der Meer ... associate producer

Music by

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John Williams ... (music by)

Cinematography by

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Michael Ballhaus ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Stu Linder

Editorial Department

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Blair Daily ... associate editor
Mark Daily ... first assistant editor
John F. Lyons ... apprentice editor
David Orr ... color timer
Amanda Pollack ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Louis DiGiaimo ... (casting by)

Production Design by

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Kristi Zea

Art Direction by

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Tim Galvin ... (as Timothy Galvin)

Set Decoration by

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Beth A. Rubino

Costume Design by

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Gloria Gresham

Makeup Department

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Jean Ann Black ... makeup artist: Mr. Pitt (as Jean A. Black)
Verne Caruso ... additional hair stylist
Scott W. Farley ... key hair stylist
William A. Farley ... hair department head
Carl Fullerton ... makeup department head
Ilona Herman ... hair stylist: Mr. De Niro / makeup artist: Mr. De Niro
Christine Leiter ... key makeup artist
Henry Philip Leto ... additional hair stylist (as Henry P. Leto)

Production Management

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Tim Clawson ... executive in charge of production
Blair Daily ... post-production supervisor
Joel Hatch ... production supervisor
Amy Herman ... assistant unit production manager
Glenn Kiser ... post-production supervisor: Propaganda Films
Linda Shamest ... post-production supervisor
Lucille Smith ... production supervisor (as Lucille Masone Smith)
Gerrit van der Meer ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Sam Hoffman ... second assistant director
Joseph P. Reidy ... first assistant director (as Joe Reidy)
Danielle Rigby ... second second assistant director
Neri Kyle Tannenbaum ... second second assistant director
Kristi Zea ... second unit director

Art Department

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Mark Bachman ... principal signwriter
Joseph Badalucco Jr. ... on-set dresser (as Joseph Badallucco)
Stephen Barth ... scenic artist
John Canterella ... set dressing coordinator
Barbara Clark ... construction office coordinator
William Durnin ... set dresser
James C. Feng ... assistant art director
John R. Ford ... assistant props
Robert Griffon Jr. ... property master (as Robert J. Griffon Jr.)
Brent Haywood ... construction foreman
Kalina Ivanov ... storyboard artist
John R. Johnston ... construction foreman
Nicholas Lundy ... assistant art director
Charles E. McCarry ... assistant art director
John McDonnell ... assistant property master (as John B. McDonnell)
Ken Nelson ... construction coordinator
Addison Pettit ... assistant art director
Chuck Potter ... buyer (as Charles M. Potter)
Miriam Schapiro ... art department coordinator
Karl Shefelman ... storyboard artist
Robert Topol ... master scenic artist
M. Tony Trotta ... camera scenic artist (as Tony Trotta)
Dave Weinman ... lead man (as David Weinman)
Eric M. Klein ... construction (uncredited)
Julian Laverdiere ... special illustrator (uncredited)
Timothy Main ... carpenter (uncredited)
Richard Vilas Montesanto ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Theodore Suchecki ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Richard Beggs ... sound design: Skywalker Sound
David Boulton ... adr mixer
Lindakay Brown ... assistant sound editor
Nicole Bugna ... sound design coordinator
Dean Drabin ... adr mixer
Tony Eckert ... foley mixer
Ken Fischer ... sound effects editor
Sue Fox ... adr editor
Ben Gold ... assistant sound editor
J.R. Grubbs ... assistant sound editor
Lora Hirschberg ... re-recording mixer
Joel Holland ... sound recordist
Tim Holland ... supervising sound editor
Richard Hymns ... additional adr editor
Tod A. Maitland ... sound mixer
Frank 'Pepe' Merel ... foley recordist
Gary Rydstrom ... re-recording mixer
Susan Sanford ... assistant sound editor
Michael Silvers ... dialogue editor
Ewa Sztompke ... dialogue editor
Dennie Thorpe ... foley artist
Jana Vance ... foley artist
Jerome R. Vitucci ... boom operator
Hugh Waddell ... additional adr editor
Marian Wilde ... foley editor

Special Effects by

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Mark Bero ... special effects assistant
Wilfred Caban ... special effects foreman
Carmen M. Campolo Jr. ... special effects assistant
Steven Kirshoff ... special effects coordinator (as Steve Kirshoff)
Michael Wood ... special effects assistant

Visual Effects by

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Lori Arnold ... coordinator: ILM
V. Scott Balcerek ... visual effects editor (as Scott Balcerek)
Noel Brevick ... digital technician: ILM
Eric Chauvin ... digital matte artist: ILM
Lisa Drostova ... rotoscope artist: ILM
Amanda K. Montgomery ... digital technician: ILM (as Amanda Montgomery)
Joshua Pines ... digital compositor: ILM
Thomas Rosseter ... compositing supervisor: ILM (as Tom Rosseter)
Heidi Zabit ... rotoscope artist: ILM
Jim Morris ... senior staff: ILM (uncredited)

Stunts

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Joseph Badalucco Jr. ... utility stunts (as Joe Badalucco Jr.)
Bob Colletti ... utility stunts
Danny Downey ... utility stunts
Frank Ferrara ... utility stunts
Michael Finnerty ... utility stunts (as Mike Finnerty)
Tim Gallin ... utility stunts
Rusty Hanson ... utility stunts
Don Hewitt ... utility stunts
Jery Hewitt ... stunt coordinator
Dave Martin ... utility stunts
David Brian Martin ... stunt double
Michael Russo ... utility stunts (as Mike Russo)
Keith Siglinger ... utility stunts
Derrick Simmons ... utility stunts
Donald John Hewitt ... stunt double: Dash Mihok (uncredited)
Mick O'Rourke ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Florian Ballhaus ... camera operator: "a" camera
James Bartolomeo ... camera trainee
Jerry DeBlau ... gaffer (as Jerry W. DeBlau)
Michael Finnerty ... grip (as Mike Finnerty)
Brian Fitzsimons ... best boy grip (as Brian J. Fitzsimons)
Dennis Gamiello ... key grip
Peter Girolami ... electrician
Brian Hamill ... still photographer
Larry Huston ... Steadicam assistant
Edward W. Lowry ... dolly grip (as Edward Lowry)
John Lowry ... key rigging grip
Martin Lowry ... dolly grip: "b" camera
Bobby Mancuso ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Larry McConkey ... steadicam operator
Kevin McKenna ... video assist operator
Scot A. Nederman-Paul ... film loader: second unit (as Scott Nederman)
Peter Norman ... camera operator: "b" camera
Tim Norman ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Heather Norton ... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Heather M. Norton)
Michael Papadapolous ... electrician
Peter John Petraglia ... best boy electric (as John Petraglia)
Noah Prince ... rigging electrician
Lowell Schulman ... electrician
Susan Starr ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Kevin P. Williams ... second rigging grip
Lee Ayrton ... shop electrician (uncredited)
John Bonnin ... crane operator: Akela crane (uncredited)
Eric M. Klein ... grip: construction (uncredited)
Gábor Kövér ... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Eric Leigh ... electrician (uncredited)
Anthony S. Lenzo ... underwater camera operator (uncredited)
Dan Mahoney ... rigging grip (uncredited)
Mark Melendez ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Lou DiGiaimo Jr. ... casting associate (as Louis J. DiGiaimo Jr.)
Brett Goldstein ... casting associate
Marco Greco ... casting associate
Grant Wilfley ... extras casting
Susanna Lo ... casting associate (uncredited)
Jamie Mullins ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Daniel J. Adkins ... extras set costumer
Cathie Filian ... costumer (as Catherine Bush Cain)
Barrett Hong ... wardrobe shop supervisor
Joan Kaufman ... costume buyer
Wallace G. Lane Jr. ... costume assistant
Marcia Patten ... extras wardrobe supervisor
Lauren Press ... costumer: women
Chuck Velasco ... costume supervisor
Michael Anzalone ... set wardrobe (uncredited)
Jan Finnell ... costumer (uncredited)
Harvey Hubbell V ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Roseann Milano ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Lawrence Tarzy ... set costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Alex Cohn ... locations department
Mark Kamine ... locations department
Robin F. Samson ... locations department
Jonathan Schwartz ... location assistant
Gary Scott ... locations department
Joseph Zolfo ... location assistant
Michael Kriaris ... location scout (uncredited)
Marce Sterner ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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Sandy DeCrescent ... orchestra contractor
Allan Mason ... songs supervisor
Susan McLean ... score recordist
Shawn Murphy ... score mixer
John Neufeld ... orchestrator
Frankie Pine ... music clearance
Dawn Soler ... executive in charge of music: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
James Thatcher ... musician
Kenneth Wannberg ... music editor (as Ken Wannberg)
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Tom Brown ... music copyist (uncredited)
Mike Deasy ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
George Doering ... musician (uncredited)
Sally Stevens ... singer (uncredited)
John Williams ... conductor (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Julie Pitkanen ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Henry S. Avelin ... transportation co-captain (as Henry Avelin)
John Featherstone ... driver
Kevin Flynn ... transportation co-captain
William K. Gaskins ... driver (as Willie Gaskins)
Kevin Keefe ... transportation captain (as Kevin K. Keefe)
Steven Szucs ... driver
Francis Volpe ... driver
Bobby Marsh ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Toni Baffo ... assistant: Mr. Levinson, post-production
Jill Bianchini ... assistant: Mr. Pitt
Brian Brown ... craft service
Lashan Browning ... assistant: Mr. Guilano
Cynthia Carriere ... production assistant (as Cynthia Doyle Carriere)
Robin Chambers ... assistant: Mr. DeNiro
Timothy Donohue ... production assistant (as Timothy S. Donohue)
Kevin P. Faherty ... set supervisor (as Kevin Paul Faherty)
Edison Farrow ... Brad Pitt's stand-in
Joe Finfera ... Stand-In: Jason Patric
Kate Fujimoto ... production assistant
Nancy Gianzero ... assistant to head of production (as Annunziata Gianzero)
Marlus Harding ... production office assistant (as Marlus C. Harding)
Stephen Hauser ... assistant: Mr. Levinson
Ellen Hofstadter ... accounting supervisor (as Ellen Hofstadter-Shapiro)
Barrett Hong ... shop supervisor (as Barrett P. Hong)
Danielle Katz ... production assistant
Nancy Kolomitz ... production assistant
Adam Leichtman ... production assistant
Joseph Lombardi ... payroll accountant
Mary McCusker ... acting coach
Charles Mcdonald ... title designer
Kiersten Pilar Miller ... production assistant
Tim Monich ... dialect coach
John P. Murchison III ... production secretary
Rocco Musacchia ... community relations
Eric Myers ... unit publicist
Christine M. Norton ... assistant: Mr. Hoffman
Sargent Pillsbury ... assistant: Mr. Coin
Michael Pitt ... production assistant
Angela Quiles ... production coordinator
Shea Rowan ... key set production assistant
Howard Samuelsohn ... dialect coach
Bart Schoudel ... production office assistant
Jonathan H. Shaw ... production assistant
Shawnna Thibodeau ... production assistant
Steve Altes ... stand-in: Mr. Eldard (uncredited)
John D. Bair ... stand-in: Kevin Bacon (uncredited)
Leonard John Bruno ... clearance and product placement (uncredited)
Peter D. Graves ... executive marketing consultant (uncredited)
Charlie Puritano ... researcher (uncredited)
Abdur Rahman ... production assistant (uncredited)
Jodi Shapera ... first assistant accountant (uncredited)
Tom Swift ... film runner (uncredited)
Melissa Unger ... personal assistant: Robert De Niro (uncredited)
David Wenzel ... stand-in: body double (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

As children, Lorenzo Carcaterra - Shakes to his friends - Michael Sullivan, Tommy Marcano, and John Reilly were inseparable. They grew up in Hell's Kitchen, a far from perfect neighborhood, one filled as Shakes says with scams and shake downs, but one where the rules were known and easily understood by its residents. The one adult who they admired was Father Bobby Carelli, who understood them as kids more than most adults and more than he himself would like to admit. In 1967, their lives would change forever when a typical teenage prank went wrong which led to the four of them being sentenced to various terms at Wilkinson Home for Boys, a reformatory. There, they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused primarily by Sean Nokes, the predatory lead guard of their cell block, and fellow guards Ralph Ferguson, Henry Addison, and Adam Styler, although there were other decent figures of authority at the home, including a few other guards. Their time at the home affected the four, not all who were able to emerge from the experience to regroup their lives. In their want to forget about the experience, they made a vow not to talk about it either between themselves or with others. Fast forward thirteen years, with Tommy and Johnny being career criminals, Michael an assistant district attorney and Shakes a newspaper writer, their friendship on the surface more loose than it was when they were children. When Tommy and John unexpectedly spot Nokes at a local restaurant, it leads to Shakes and Michael banding together to exact revenge not only on Nokes but all four of the guards who abused them. Michael had long mapped out a plan even before Tommy and John saw Nokes, but that sighting and its aftermath alters the plan. Beyond the precarious position Tommy and John place themselves into, Michael has the most to lose even if the plan succeeds. Most of the plan implementation is left to Shakes who has to enlist the machine of Hell's Kitchen, including mob boss King Benny, and their childhood friend, social worker Carol Martinez, who currently is John's girlfriend. Beyond co-opting aging lawyer Danny Snyder, who admits he may not be the best choice as an alcoholic who is no longer near the top of his game, the plan is threatened by a key piece, the need for an unreproachable figure to perjure him or herself, that person who Michael and Shakes hopes will be Father Bobby. Father Bobby, even if he knew of the abuse, may not be able to do his friends this enormous favor of an illegal nature, he who has to balance the morality of the situation in his own mind in deciding what to do. Written by Huggo

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Taglines When friendship runs deeper than blood See more »
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Also Known As
  • La correction (Canada, French title)
  • Sleepers: A Vingança Adormecida (Brazil)
  • Pragaro virtuves vaikezai (Lithuania)
  • Sleepers - katuvarpuset (Finland)
  • Спавачи (Serbia)
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Runtime
  • 147 min
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Box Office

Budget $44,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $12,305,745, 20 Oct 1996
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $165,615,285

Did You Know?

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Trivia Author Lorenzo Carcaterra has claimed that his book, on which the film is based, is 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 it. Carcaterra's school attendance records show he couldn't have been in prison for as long as he said, and he couldn't have been in prison at the dates given for certain events in the book. David Stout, a New York Times reporter who did a story on the controversy, said in an interview that he could find nothing in the newspaper's extensive library, or anywhere else, that resembled the case. See more »
Goofs When the boys try to steal the hot dog cart, it's flying a Greek flag adopted in 1978. In the late 1960s, the Greek flag was a single white cross on blue background. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Sleepers/Get on the Bus/To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday/Jude/Swingers (1996). See more »
Soundtracks Walk Like A Man See more »
Quotes Nokes: What do you want?
John: What I've always wanted. To watch you die.
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