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Sleepers (1996)

Director:
Barry Levinson
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Sleepers
RUNNING TIME
152 minutes
Producer:
Steve Golin
Barry Levinson
Screenwriter:
Barry Levinson
Based on the book by:
Lorenzo Carcaterra


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Sean Nokes Kevin Bacon
Father Bobby Robert De Niro
Danny Snyder Dustin Hoffman
Shakes’ Father Bruno Kirby
Lorenzo, aka Shakes Jason Patric
Michael Sullivan Brad Pitt
Young Michael Sullivan Brad Renfro
John Ron Eldard
Tommy Billy Crudrup
King Benny Vittorio Gassman
Ferguson Terry Kinney
Fat Mancho Frank Medrano
Young Tommy Jonathan Tucker
Young John Geoffrey Wigdor
Young Shakes Joseph Perrino
Carol Minnie Driver

 

Review

Barry Levinson is daring in thematics, but not necessarily in angle and narrative with Sleepers, a film about sexual abuse of children in a youth correctional facility during the 1960s, and how the victims confront their perpetrators decades later. It's a slow-moving, elaborate and character-heavy film about an important subject. A message movie with a crystal clear message and uneven acting performances, of which Kevin Bacon and Dustin Hoffman deliver the best ones among the stars. For an even better account on the same subject matter, check out the Canadian TV-series The Boys of St. Vincent from 1992.

Copyright 09.02.1997 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
(English version: 01.11.2020 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang)