I don't understand the ending of the movie Sleepers (with Brad Pitt and Robert De Niro)?

Ok, I don't understand why Brad Pitt was on the other side in court, going against his childhood friends? Why was he on the other side? And what role did King Benny play? Why did they keep showing him kill people?

Thank you!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Wow, it has been a very very (years) long time since I've seen this movie. I remember really liking it. Here's what I remember: Brad Pitt was the assistant district attorney assigned to the case, so he had no choice. However, he does what he can behind the scenes (out of court, some of it illegal) to make sure he loses the case and his friends are found not guilty.

    Here's the synopsis from wikipedia.com

    Lorenzo "Shakes" Carcaterra, Thomas "Tommy" Marcano, Michael Sullivan and John Reilly are four childhood friends (played by Joseph Perrino, Jonathan Tucker, Brad Renfro and Geoffrey Wigdor respectively) who grow up in Hell's Kitchen, New York City in the mid-1960s. During this time, the local priest, Father Bobby (Robert De Niro), plays a very important part in their lives and keeps an eye on them. However, early on they start running small errands for a local gangster, King Benny (Vittorio Gassman), who later turns out to be a very important contact.

    On a summers day in 1967, their lives take a sharp turn when they almost kill a man after pulling a prank on a hot dog vendor. As a punishment they are all four sentenced to serve time at the Wilkinson Home for Boys in upstate New York. There, the boys are systematically beaten, abused and raped by guards Sean Nokes, Henry Addison, Adam Styler and Ralph Ferguson (played by Kevin Bacon, Jeffrey Donovan, Lennie Loftin and Terry Kinney respectively). These traumatic events change the boys and their friendship forever.

    More than 10 years later, John and Tommy (as adults, played by Ron Eldard and Billy Crudup), now gangsters, come across Sean Nokes in a pub in Hell's Kitchen. After making sure that Nokes knows who they are, they both shoot and kill Nokes. Mike, as an adult (played by Brad Pitt), now an assistant District Attorney, arranges to be assigned to the case, secretly intending to lose it as a means of getting revenge. Moreover, he and Shakes, as an adult (played by Jason Patric), begin to forge a plan to get their revenge on all the responsible guards. Together with many of their lifelong friends, especially Carol, a social worker played by Minnie Driver and King Benny, they manage to collect information on all the Wilkinson guards.

    However, to clinch the case they need a key witness who can give John and Tommy an alibi. After a long talk with Father Bobby, including telling him about the awful events at Wilkinson, he agrees to lie on the stand about where John and Tommy were on the night of the shooting; the priest swears under oath that they were with him at Madison Square Garden at a Knicks basketball game. As a result, they are found not guilty.

    Later on the four friends including Carol have a dinner together as a celebration. Lorenzo mentions that they "held on to it as long as they could". But sometime later Tommy and John are murdered in their gang activities. Michael is suspended as an attorney for losing what was meant to be an open-and-shut case.

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    Thank you!

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  • 7 years ago

    I like the top comment. However, Brad Pitt's character was not assigned to the case. Someone else could have taken it. He took the case. He thought the whole thing up. He set it up so they could get the POS guards convicted. However, he had to make it look like he was doing his job. What he was doing was illegal.

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