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After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized, over 10 years later, they get their chance for revenge.


Studio Warner
SKU 212121663
UPC 883929091607
UPC 14 00883929091607
Format DVD
Release Date 12/7/2010
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Tommy, John, Michael, and Shakes are four young teenage punks growing up in the streets of Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen in the mid-1960s. When these four friends pull a prank that that goes awry, they find themselves serving time at the Wilkinson School for Boys, where they are repeatedly and sadistically violated and tortured by four guards--the most menacing being Noles, portrayed by Kevin Bacon. Fifteen years later, the foursome is still dealing with the emotional repercussions of their abuse. Tommy (Billy Crudup) and John (Ron Eldard) have become common criminals, and when they spot Noles in a local watering hole they can't pass up the chance for revenge. It's up to Shakes (Jason Patric), a low-profile newspaper employee, and Michael (Brad Pitt), a lawyer with the district attorney's office, to save their friends while keeping the details of their tortured childhoods secret. Dustin Hoffman appears as Danny Snyder, and Robert De Niro stars as Father Bobby, the local neighborhood priest who is as comfortable on the streets or in a bar as he is behind the pulpit. Based on the allegedly true story by Lorenzo Carcaterra, the film is directed by Barry Levinson (DINER, RAIN MAN).
Plot Summary
Summary When a mischievous prank goes awry, a group of Hell's Kitchen juveniles are sent to a reform institution, where they experience brutal sexual assaults by the sadistic "caretakers." Two decades later, a pair of the now-grown victims spot their chief tormenter and decide to exact revenge.
Rolling Stone "...Superbly played....Levinson shows a keen eye for the pangs of adolescence..." 10/31/1996 p.75-6
Variety "...Colorful characters, richly evoked settings...and a good dose of good old-fashioned epic star power....There's a lot to enjoy in this impeccably structured, handsomely produced saga..." 09/02/1996
Chicago Sun-Times "...Dustin Hoffman gives a fine, subtle, quavering performance....Kevin Bacon is a strong, effective villain..." 10/18/1996 p.33
Barry Levinson
Kevin Bacon
Dustin Hoffman
Brad Pitt
Robert De Niro
Cast & Crew
Kevin Bacon - Star
Brad Renfro - Star
Dustin Hoffman - Star
Brad Pitt - Star
Jeffrey Donovan - Star
Bruno Kirby - Star
Joe Perrino - Star
Robert De Niro - Star
Ron Eldard - Star
Minnie Driver - Star
Geoff Wigdor - Star
Billy Crudup - Star
Jonathan Tucker - Star
Jason Patric - Star
Barry Levinson - Producer
Steve Golin - Producer
Kristi Zea - Production Designer
Gloria Gresham - Costume Designer
Barry Levinson - Screenwriter
Michael Ballhaus - Director of Photography
John Williams - Composer
Lorenzo Carcaterra - Story
Stu Linder - Editor
Barry Levinson - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1996
UPC 00883929091607
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 148 minutes
Color Color
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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