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Movie Review: 'Sleepers'

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Sleepers

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
147 minutes
performer:
Kevin Bacon, Billy Crudup, Ron Eldard, Jason Patric, Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Minnie Driver, Dustin Hoffman, Brad Renfro
director:
Barry Levinson
author:
Barry Levinson
genre:
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C

In Barry Levinson’s luridly faithful adaptation of Lorenzo Carcaterra’s ”true” best-seller, four boys growing up in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen during the mid-’60s are sent to hell for real when one of their pranks turns tragic. At the Wilkinson Home for Boys, they are raped by a cabal of stone-faced guards. There follows a bloody retribution killing followed by a trial so preposterous it makes the most outlandish courtroom melodrama look like a yawny day on Court TV. In it’s screw tightening way, the first hour holds you, but the second is a disaster. Neither Jason Patric nor Brad Pitt has ever been duller (or looked worse — they seem to be having bad-hair and bad-skin days). C