Plot – During the summer of 1966 in Hell's Kitchen, four boys - Lorenzo, nicknamed Shakes, Michael, John and Tommy - pull a stunt against a Greek hotdog vendor, almost causing the death of an elderly man at the metro's exit. Sentenced to 18 months of reformatory, the boys are subjected to terrible physical and psychological violence by some of the prison officers, among whom are the sadists Nokes and Ferguson. A rugby match, surprisingly won by the boys, leads to more violence from the guards and the death of Rizzi, the black charismatic leader of the prisoners. Father Bobby Carillo, visiting the boys, tries to comfort Leonardo. Unfortunately, before leaving the reformatory, he and his friends undergo a last night of excruciating torture. Years later, in 1981, Tommy and John, who in the meanwhile have become gangsters and killers, discover Nokes having lunch in a Hell's Kitchen pub.
All actors – Kevin Bacon, Billy Crudup, Robert De Niro, Ron Eldard, Minnie Driver, Vittorio Gassman, Dustin Hoffman, Terry Kinney, Bruno Kirby, Frank Medrano, Jason Patric, Joseph Perrino, Brad Pitt, Brad Renfro, Geoffrey Wigdor, Jonathan Tucker, Peter Appel, Joseph Attanasio, Gerry Becker, Casandra Brooks, William K. Butler, Eugene Byrd, Rose Caiola, Pasquale Cajano, Robert W. Castle, John Di Benedetto, Jeffrey Donovan, Drew Eliot, Reuben Larry Elliot, George Georgiadis, Marco Greco, Saverio Guerra, Don Hewitt, Ben Hammer, Paul Herman, Frank Inzerillo, Lennie Loftin, Chuck Low, Peter Mahoney, Ruth Maleczech, Juan Maria Jr., Danny Mastrogiorgio, Mary B. McCann, Pat McNamara, Peter McRobbie, Conrad Meertins Jr., Gina Menza, Dash Mihok, Michael P. Moran, Rocco Musacchia, Mick O'Rourke, Carmine Parisi, James Pickens Jr., Wendell Pierce, Salvatore Paul Piro, Monica Polito, Angela Rago, Sean Patrick Reilly, Peter Rini, Larry Romano, Gayle Scott, Tom Signorelli, John Slattery, Henry Stram, Ralph Tabakin, Mary Testa, Jenique Torres, Patrick Tull, Aida Turturro, Joe Urla, Zachary Ansley, Michael J. Burg, Maria Deasy, Peter Gerety, Justin Halliwell, Michael Harkins, Matthew Hoffman, Billy Malone, James Rosin, Todo Segalla, Anthony Sinopoli, Barry Squitieri, Kevin Richard Sullivan, George Vincentshow all
“Sleepers” Quotes 27 quotes
“You want a Rolls-Royce, you don't come here, no no. You go to England, or wherever the fuck they make it. If you want champagne, you go see the French. If you needmoney, you find a Jew. But, if you want dirt, or scum buried under a rock somewhere, or some secret nobody wants anybody to know about, there's only one place to go: right here,...” (continue)(continue reading)
“Michael was the most sexually experienced of us, which means he had kissed a girl on more than two occasions.”
“Mug me or marry me, Shakes. I'm too tired for anything else.”
“- Young John: Hey, uh, Father. How long did it take him? You know, paintin' the ceiling and all?
- Father Bobby: Took him about nine years.
- Young John: Nine years?
- Father Bobby: That's right.
- Young John: For a ceiling? I had a Puerto Rican guy do my whole apartment in two days... and he had a bum leg.”
“This is a true story about friendship that runs deeper than blood. This is my story and that of the only three friends in my life that truely mattered. Two of them were killers who never made it past the age of 30. The other's a non-practicing attorney living with the pain of his past - too afraid to let it go, never confronting its horror. I'm...” (continue)(continue reading)
“- Nokes: What do you want?
- John: What I've always wanted. To watch you die.”
“Most priests like to preach from the pulpit. Father Bobby liked to talk during the bump and shove of a pick-up game.”
“- Carol: Don't you guys have to go kill somebody?
- John: No, we've always got time for a song!”
“- Young Michael: We can eat hot dogs, or we can eat air. Choose...
- Young Tommy: Air is probably safer, Mike...”
“Hell's Kitchen was a place of innocence ruled by corruption.”
“- Young Michael: What do you want?
- Nokes: A blowjob. Down on your knees.”
“- Young Shakes: You have any friends who aren't in jail?
- Father Bobby: Not as many as I'd like.”
“- Carol: The man I know is not the boy you remember.
- Shakes: None of us are.”
“The plan, as it turned out, was as simple and as dumb as anything we'd ever done.”
“I don't think you know what it means to have rules. You gotta have rules and you gotta have discipline. Now I don't know what it was like in your homes and your homelifes, but in my house with my father, there were rules. And if you didn't follow the rules, there was hell to pay. You had rules and you had discipline. Sometimes it wasn't nice,...” (continue)(continue reading)
“I could die now, and I wouldn't be sad.”