I recently watched the movie Sleepers, which is based off of a book by Lorrenzo Carcaterra, while also based off of a true story. The story line is about a group of young men in New York, who are best friends. They like to do mean tricks occasionally, one involving a hot dog vendor, which goes horribly wrong and changes their lives forever. They end up at the Wilkenson Center, where they are abused by a nasty guard, wonderfully portrayed by the usually charming Kevin Bacon. They get released, and grow up and one of them becomes a lawyer and works to get the other guard in prison and Wilkinson shut down for good. With the undying love, support, and friendship of Father Bobby, (Robert DeNiro) the boys somehow try and make it through a horrible situation, and ask the Father to come through for them in a final plea for help.
I thought this movie was fantastic! The story itself was horrifically sad, while also showing that the boys were not alone in the situation. The Hell’s Kitchen boys were all being abused so they all had each other and were together. I am very anxious to read the book now. I am sure it is as good as the movie. It would be a shocker if it were not.