The opening lines of Sleepers, a film directed by Barry Levinson, based on a true story by Lorenzo Carcaterra, are personal, memorable, and shocking.They let us dive right into a story of friendship, survival, and old wounds that never healed. In just five sentences, we learn that this film is about four friends and their past catching up with the present. A story of murder and the loss of innocence told by someone who survived it.
"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 truly 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 the only one who can speak for them, and the children we were."