In the movies, he sent people to sleep with the fishes. Now, Al Pacino (search) wants sleepovers.

While it might be hard to picture the actor, legendary for his tough-guy roles as gangsters and mob dons, getting his 2-year-old twins into jammies and tucked into bed, that's just what he demanded in Manhattan Family Court yesterday.

Pacino and his actress ex, Beverly D'Angelo (search), came to court for the latest round in their vicious visitation battle over their twin son and daughter, Anton and Olivia.

D'Angelo, best known for playing Chevy Chase's (search) wife in the National Lampoon Vacation films, had opposed Pacino getting overnight visits with the tots.

This, despite her camp's previous criticisms of Pacino as a "play-date dad" who's never changed a diaper or wanted to spend more than a few hours at a time with his kids.

"There are no safety or health reasons to bar overnight visitations," Judge Helen Sturm told the parties yesterday, before sending them out of the courtroom.

They were to set up an overnight visitation schedule, or, if they failed to agree on one, return to her courtroom to have a hearing on the issue.

Most of the negotiations took place behind closed doors, and each side declined to comment afterward. But since no hearing was held, presumably Pacino will be singing lullabies to the tykes sometime soon.

The love affair between Pacino, 63, and D'Angelo, 48, fell apart after D'Angelo had the kids through in vitro fertilization.

Pacino filed for joint custody and cut off her $50,000-a-month in unofficial palimony after D'Angelo told him in January that she was moving them back to her native Los Angeles.

Pacino is continuing to pay some $35,000 a month in expenses for the children, as well as footing the bill for D'Angelo's $18,000-a-month West Side apartment, his lawyers have said.