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Sleeping Dogs (1977)

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Recluse Smith (Sam Neill) is drawn into a revolutionary struggle between guerillas and right-wingers in New Zealand. Implicated in a murder and framed as a revolutionary conspirator, Smith ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Smith
Nevan Rowe ...
Gloria
Ian Mune ...
Bullen
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Col. Willoughby
Ian Watkin ...
Dudley
Clyde Scott ...
Jesperson
Donna Akersten ...
Mary
William Johnson ...
Cousins (as Bill Johnson)
Don Selwyn ...
Taupiri
Davina Whitehouse ...
Elsie
Melissa Donaldson ...
Melissa
Dougal Stevenson ...
News Reader
Bernard Kearns ...
Prime Minister
Raf Irving ...
Reporter
Tommy Tinirau ...
Old Maori Man
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Recluse Smith (Sam Neill) is drawn into a revolutionary struggle between guerillas and right-wingers in New Zealand. Implicated in a murder and framed as a revolutionary conspirator, Smith tries to maintain an attitude of non-violence while caught between warring factions. Written by Mike Welsch <m.welsch@az05p.bull.com>

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1 April 1979 (Norway)  »

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Coup d'État  »

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NZD 450,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This was the first New Zealand produced film to attain general release in the USA. See more »

Goofs

An authentic assault rifle would be too heavy to "float" on the surface of the motel's swimming pool. (See the 'Trivia' section regarding the film's use of firearm replicas.) See more »

Quotes

Smith: [after discovering how he was framed as a terrorist] You bastards, you bastards.
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Featured in Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neill (1995) See more »

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Interesting
14 March 2008 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I recall being confused the first time I saw this film, not long after it was first released, probably due to being young and naive at the time. Having revisited the film 30 years later I find that I have been able to follow the subtleties of the plot more easily.

The movie is a commentary on life's challenges and how one young man - Smith (Sam Neill) - responds to some of these challenges.

I like this movie now because not only does it show something of New Zealand's past and the possibilities the film-makers foresaw (some of which later came to pass as part of NZ history) but because it is an early vehicle for several New Zealand film-maker's craft.


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