Post by Paul Epstein
Why was the Sleepers movie called "Sleepers"?
How does the title make sense?
|Sleeper (colloq.): 1. out-of-town hit man who spends the
|night after a local contract is completed. 2. A juvenile
|sentenced to serve any period longer than nine months in
|a state-managed facility.
The characters are sentenced to 18 months (in the book).
My own idea at first was that after leaving the prison
they "sleep" a long time (like agents) before they get
The quotation might be from the book, not from a real
dictionary. It might be fictional. Or it might be real,
but obscure, slang.