The Flaws of the Juvenile Justice System Exposed in Sleepers

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Sleepers is a 1996 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson and based on Lorenzo Carcaterra's eponymous 1991 novel. The film stars Robert De Niro, Kevin Bacon, Brad Pitt, Jason Patric, Bruno Kirby, and Dustin Hoffman. The story is set in New York City in the mid-1960s and revolves around the lives of four teenage friends who are wrongfully convicted of a crime and sent to a juvenile detention center, where they are sexually abused by the guards. After they are released, they take revenge on the guard who abused them.