As children, Lorenzo Carcaterra - Shakes to his friends - Michael Sullivan, Tommy Marcano, and John Reilly were inseparable. They grew up in Hell's Kitchen, a far from perfect neighborhood, one filled as Shakes says with scams and shake downs, but one where the rules were known by its residents. The one adult who they admired was Father Bobby Carelli, who understood them as kids more than most adults and more than he himself would like to admit. In 1967, their lives would change forever when a typical teenage prank went wrong which led to the four of them being sentenced to various terms at Wilkinson Home for Boys, a reformatory. There, they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused primarily by Sean Nokes, the head guard of their cell block, and fellow guards Ralph Ferguson, Henry Addison, and Adam Styler, although there were other caring figures of authority at the home including other guards. Their time at the home affected the four, not all who were able to emerge from the ... Written by
The flag of Greece being displayed on the hot dog cart when the boys try to steal it was only adopted by Greece in 1978. At the time of the movie, the flag of Greece was made of a single white cross on blue background. See more »
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 truely 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.
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This movie is one of the best movies made in a long time. Previous comments
seem to focus more on whether or not the story is true and seem to forget
the phenomenal story. Who cares if the story is true or not? If it is, it
only makes the movie that much more disturbing and heart-breaking. What is
the big deal if it is or isn't true? It is still an amazing movie with a
great story. Most so-called "classics" are not based on true stories, so
what makes this movie any different? OK, now that I have said my peace
about my feelings about the authenticity of the story, I can now comment on
the actual movie. I can not say enough positive things about the movie.
The actors are perfectly casted. I think every single one of them do an
outstanding job in their portrayal. The story is heart-wrenching and it
does an excellent job of getting its point across without showing or saying
too much. This movie deserves more than it got.
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