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(1996)

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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.
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".
Kevin Bacon never met his co-stars Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman during the production, because of the logistics of the shoot.
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.
At the end of the movie, Carol has a son in a photograph. The son is the same actor who played young John.
The movie was filmed at Fairfield Hills, a former psychiatric hospital in Newtown, Connecticut, right after the state took possession of the property.
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.
Ralph Tabakin has appeared in every Levinson picture from Diner (1982) to Liberty Heights (1999).
Devon Sawa was offered the role of Young Michael Sullivan, but passed because he was in production with Wild America (1997).
At one time, Sandra Bullock was attached to play Carol.
Billy Crudup and John Slattery appeared in Spotlight (2015), which also revolves on similar themes of abuse.
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Roger Ebert criticized the movie as homophobic.
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".
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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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.
Terry Kinney (Ferguson) also works in a prison in the HBO series Oz. His character is drastically different in Oz however, as he works hard to reform even the worst of criminals.
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This marks the first time Barry Levinson and John Williams have worked together on a movie.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

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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