Two gangsters seek revenge on the state jail worker who during their stay at a youth prison sexually abused them. A sensational court hearing takes place to charge him for the crimes. A moving drama from director Barry Levinson.
|Release Date||:||October 18, 1996|
|Genres||:||Crime, Drama, Thriller|
|Production Company||:||Propaganda Films, Warner Bros., Baltimore Pictures|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Writers||:||Lorenzo Carcaterra, Barry Levinson|
|Casts||:||Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt, Kevin Bacon, Jason Patric, Ron Eldard, Billy Crudup, Dustin Hoffman, Minnie Driver, Vittorio Gassman, Joe Perrino, Brad Renfro, Geoffrey Wigdor, Jonathan Tucker, Terry Kinney, Bruno Kirby, Eugene Byrd, Frank Medrano, Ruth Maleczech|
|Plot Keywords||:||child abuse, sadistic, sexual abuse, pastor, repayment, juvenile prison, court case, pub, court, juvenile delinquent, child|
A well-adapted, epic story of the childhood innocence of four boys brutally snatched away, and the subsequent revenge that took place so many years later. Perfectly paced, it is a long film whose length is never an issue; exciting courtroom drama, realistic sense of time and place, gritty yet sleek cinematography, and convincing performances from a cast that is actually to die for: Jason Patrick, Billy Crudup ("Big Fish") Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Kevin Bacon, Minnie Driver and Brad Pitt in the same movie; it is a rare lineup. This is not to mention the young leads, who are completely convincing in heavyweight roles.
Leading the pack was Brad Renfro, whose passing in the same month as Heath Ledger was unfortunately nowhere near as noteworthy, and sadly is still a shock, for some, to learn of! If one is to go back and watch not only this film, but "The Client", "Apt Pupil" and the indie hit "Ghost World", one can see another talent that was perhaps not as widely recognised as that of Ledger, but just as unfairly snubbed short, and just as worthy of our recognition.
Barry Levinson puts together a film here that could easily be mistaken for a Scorsese work, and that may be the only criticism, if it is even that! Well drawn characters, electrifying, often emotional drama, the story never in a rush but never feeling laborious, this is an overlooked work of perfection.