1996, 152 min.
Warner Bros.

Dustin Hoffman (Danny Snyder), Kevin Bacon (Sean Nokes), Robert De Niro (Father Bobby), Jason Patric (Lorenzo, a.k.a. Shakes), Brad Pitt (Michael), Minnie Driver (Carol), Ron Eldard (John), Vittorio Gassman (King Benny), Peter Gerety (Juvenile Lawyer), Saverio Guerra (2nd Man), Ben Hammer (Judge Weisman), William Butler (Juanito), Terry Kinney (Ferguson), Bruce "Bruno" Kirby, Jr. (Shakes' Father), Frank Medrano (Fat Mancho), Michael P. Moran (Juvenile Judge), Peter Appel (Boyfriend), James Pickens, Jr. (Marlboro), Wendell Pierce (Little Caesar), Jeffrey Donovan (Addison), Brad Renfro Young (Michael Sullivan), Larry Romano (1st Man), Tom Signorelli (Confession Man), John Slattery (Fred Carlson), Henry Stram (Prison Doctor), Jonathan Tucker (Young Tommy), Aida Turturro (Mrs Salinas), Joe Urla (Carson)

Prod Barry Levinson, Steve Golin; Dir Barry Levinson; Scr Barry Levinson; Dir of photog Michael Ballhaus; Music John Williams; Editor Stu Linder; Production Designer Kristi Zea; Set dec Beth A. Rubino; Costume des Gloria Gresham

Genre: Drama

Summary: It's 1966 in Hell's Kitchen, New York, and four juvenile hoods--Shakes, Michael, Tommy and John--accidentally kill someone when they push a hot dog cart down a flight of stairs at the subway station. For punishment, they are sent off to reform school, where they suffer repeated rapes and torture by prison guards. In 1981, Tommy and John get arrested for killing the most evil guard, Nokes, who they find sitting in a bar. With Michael, now an assitant D.A., and Shakes, a journalist, the men plan a scheme in which Michael is the prosecutor of their case while Shakes gets them the worst lawyer he can find. The plan also involves the local priest lying under oath to bolster Tommy and John's position.