Sleepers Starring Brad Pitt; Should You Be Watching This 1996 Movie?

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Sleepers, a 1996 crime thriller that starred some notable names from the industry such as Brad Pitt, Kevin Bacon, Rober De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, and more, (will come to that part later) is both directed and written by Barry Levinson.

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This movie is based on the Sleeper by Lorenzo Carcaterra which is a 147-minutes movie that worked with a budget of $44million and earned around $165.6 million making the movie a hit.

Sleepers, a 1996 crime thriller
Sleepers, a 1996 crime thriller

Now, what about the movie? Is it something worth watching this weeknight??

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The Plot

The movie centers around four teenage boys and friends, who live in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. They are happy with their life, where they love playing pranks, but most of the time, they are corrected by Father Robert ‘Bobby’ Carillo. Likewise, in a normal summer, the boys try to pull a prank on a local hot dog seller. However, the action turns grave injuring and almost killing the seller.

Sleepers, a 1996 crime thriller
Sleepers, a 1996 crime thriller

As a consequence, they are sentenced to a stay at Wilkinson’s home for boys. As they begin their journey their life takes a miserable turn, and things get upside down.

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The Direction

Like any 90’s Hollywood movie, this film too has that magic that will make you stick till the end. Additionally, the serious plot point makes it a note that you empathize with the boys and their actions in the flick. Barry Levinson generously choreographed the film, making it one of those timeless projects which will be forever in your heart.

Sleepers, a 1996 crime thriller
Sleepers, a 1996 crime thriller

The Cast Of Sleepers

Well, the movie has-

  • Billy Crudup playing Tommy Marcano
    • Jonathan Tucker playing Young Tommy Marcano
  • Ron Eldard playing John Riley
    • Geoffrey Wigdor playing Young John Riley / Carol and John’s Son
  • Jason Patric playing Lorenzo ‘Shakes’ Carcaterra
    • Joe Perrino playing Young Shakes
  • Brad Pitt playing Michael Sullivan
    • Brad Renfro playing Young Michael Sullivan
  • Kevin Bacon playing Sean Nokes
  • Robert De Niro playing Father Bobby Carillo
  • Minnie Driver playing Carol Martinez
    • Monica Polito playing Young Carol Martinez
  • Vittorio Gassman playing Benny ‘King Benny’
  • Dustin Hoffman playing Danny Snyder
  • Terry Kinney playing Ralph Ferguson
  • Peter McRobbie playing lawyer
  • Bruno Kirby as Shakes’ Father
  • Frank Medrano playing ‘Fat’ Mancho
  • Eugene Byrd as Rizzo Robinson
  • Jeffrey Donovan playing Henry Addison
  • Wendell Pierce playing Eddie ‘Little Caesar’ Robinson
  • Angela Rago playing Shakes’ Mother
Sleepers, a 1996 crime thriller
Sleepers, a 1996 crime thriller

The actors playing the roles, proficiently justify the characters they played. Unquestionably they were amazing in their parts, thus this made the movie great.

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The Production

Without a doubt, the production team, i.e the cinematographer, the music director, the editor, and everything included, worked hard in putting together the plot step by step. It is that storyline which you might not watch every day, but you will definitely not forget the same too.

Sleepers, a 1996 crime thriller
Sleepers, a 1996 crime thriller

Again, Sleepers is produced by Barry Levinson along with Steven Golin. The movie is edited by Stu Linder and it is cinematographed by Michael Ballhaus. The somber music that heightens the sequences are directed by John Williams, making it a worth-talking movie even after so many years.

It is a PolyGram Filmed Entertainment initiative that paired up with Propaganda Films, Baltimore Pictures, and Astoria Films to adapt the non-fiction into a cinema, which is however distributed by the Warner Brothers.

Sleepers, a 1996 crime thriller
Sleepers, a 1996 crime thriller

Is There Anything Negative In Regards To Sleepers?

No, the movie is a soul-touching piece that will remain new and fresh even after 50 years from today. The remarkable casting of the movie did their job wonderfully along with the production team; hence made the picture worth a discussion.

Sleepers, a 1996 crime thriller
Sleepers, a 1996 crime thriller

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You should definitely watch Sleepers tonight since you have already lost a lot by not watching it till now. The heartfelt storyline is what amplifies the emotional quotient of the movie. You should definitely make time to invest thoroughly in this piece.

Sleepers, a 1996 crime thriller
Sleepers, a 1996 crime thriller

If you have already watched the flick, what are your thoughts on the same? Do write your opinions in the comment section down.

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But if you haven’t watched it yet, well, you know, you should definitely watch the movie tonight.

So, this is all for today, hope to meet you all very soon in our next publication, Bye Bye…

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