“Sleepers” quotes

(1996)
Movie Sleepers
Title Sleepers
Year 1996
Director Barry Levinson
Genre Drama, Crime, Thriller
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 Vincent
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  • “- John: I can see how you might forget. We were just something for you and your friends to play with.
    - Tommy: It's not that easy for us to forget... you gave us so much more to remember.”

    Ron Eldard - John
    Billy Crudup - Tommy
  • “- Michael: Why is that, Father? Why do you keep the stubs?
    - Father Bobby: Because you never know when someone might want more than your word.
    - Michael: Has anyone ever questioned your word before today?
    - Father Bobby: No. No one ever has. But there's a first time for everything.”

    Brad Pitt - Michael
    Robert De Niro - Father Bobby
    [Tag:lies, promises]
  • “Michael was the most sexually experienced of us, which means he had kissed a girl on more than two occasions.”
    Jason Patric - Shakes
    [Tag:kiss, sex, youth]
  • “The street is the only thing that matters. Court is for uptown people with suits, money, lawyers with three names. If you got cash you can buy court justice. But on the street, justice has no price. She's blind where the judge sits but she's not blind out here. Out here the bitch got eyes.”
    Frank Medrano - Fat Mancho
    [Tag:court, crime, law]
  • “Mug me or marry me, Shakes. I'm too tired for anything else.”
    Minnie Driver - Carol
  • “- 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.”

    Geoffrey Wigdor - Young John
    Robert De Niro - Father Bobby
     
  • “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)
    Frank Medrano - Fat Mancho
    [Tag:badness, secrets]
  • “There are no clear pictures of the sexual abuse we endured. I buried it as deep as it can possibly go.”
    Jason Patric - Shakes
  • “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)
    Jason Patric - Shakes
    [Tag:fear, friends, past]
  • “- Nokes: What do you want?
    - John: What I've always wanted. To watch you die.”

    Kevin Bacon - Nokes
    Ron Eldard - John
    [Tag:death, wishes]
  • “Most priests like to preach from the pulpit. Father Bobby liked to talk during the bump and shove of a pick-up game.”
    Jason Patric - Shakes
    [Tag:clergy, example]
  • “- Carol: Don't you guys have to go kill somebody?
    - John: No, we've always got time for a song!”

    Minnie Driver - Carol
    Ron Eldard - John
    [Tag:killing, time]
  • “- Young Michael: We can eat hot dogs, or we can eat air. Choose...
    - Young Tommy: Air is probably safer, Mike...”

    Brad Renfro - Young Michael
    Jonathan Tucker - Young Tommy
    [Tag:eating, food, health]
  • “I want to be able to sleep one night and not worry about who's coming in my room or what's gonna happen to me. If I can get that, then I'll be happy.”
    Geoffrey Wigdor - Young John
  • “Hell's Kitchen was a place of innocence ruled by corruption.”
    Jason Patric - Shakes
  • “- Young Michael: What do you want?
    - Nokes: A blowjob. Down on your knees.”

    Brad Renfro - Young Michael
    Kevin Bacon - Nokes
    [Tag:sex]
  • “- Young Shakes: You have any friends who aren't in jail?
    - Father Bobby: Not as many as I'd like.”

    Joe Perrino - Young Shakes
    Robert De Niro - Father Bobby
    [Tag:friends, prison]
  • “- Carol: The man I know is not the boy you remember.
    - Shakes: None of us are.”

    Minnie Driver - Carol
    Jason Patric - Shakes
    [Tag:changing, growth]
  • “- Father Bobby: Listen, I got a story I want to tell you.
    - Young Tommy: It ain't the one about the lepers, is it? Cause that one gave me nightmares.”

    Robert De Niro - Father Bobby
    Jonathan Tucker - Young Tommy
    [Tag:storytelling]
  • “The plan, as it turned out, was as simple and as dumb as anything we'd ever done.”
    Jason Patric - Shakes
    [Tag:planning]
  • “- Michael: You read the Count of Monte Cristo lately?
    - Shakes: I dunno, 10 years ago.
    - Michael: I read a little bit every night. I read words like revenge, sweet, lasting revenge.”

    Brad Pitt - Michael
    Jason Patric - Shakes
  • “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)

    Kevin Bacon - Nokes
  • “Young protesters spoke about how they'd change our lives and fix the world. But while they shouted their slogans, my friends and I went to the funeral services of the young men of Hell's Kitchen who came back from Vietnam in body bags.”
    Jason Patric - Shakes
  • “- Woman at Subway Station: Sweet Jesus! What have you boys done? What in the name of God have you boys done?
    - Young Michael: I think we just killed a man.”

    Ruth Maleczech - Woman at Subway Station
    Brad Renfro - Young Michael
    [Tag:killing]
  • “I could die now, and I wouldn't be sad.”
    Geoffrey Wigdor - Young John
    [Tag:death, happiness]
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