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Sleeping Dogs (1977)

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

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Ian Watkin ...
Dudley
Clyde Scott ...
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Donna Akersten ...
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William Johnson ...
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Melissa
Dougal Stevenson ...
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Bernard Kearns ...
Prime Minister
Raf Irving ...
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Tommy Tinirau ...
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Recluse Smith (Sam Neill) is drawn into a revolutionary struggle between leftist guerillas and the New Zealand government. Implicated in a murder and framed as a revolutionary conspirator, Smith tries to avoid violence while caught between warring sides. Written by Mike Welsch <m.welsch@az05p.bull.com>

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13 July 1978 (Australia)  »

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Coup d'État  »

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NZD 450,000 (estimated)
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The picture's source novel is called "Smith's Dream". The title character of the book, Smith, who is named the same in this movie version, is portrayed in the film by Sam Neill. See more »

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After Bullen crashes the red car, the front left headlight is alternately damaged/undamaged in subsequent shots. See more »

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Col. Willoughby: [to Smith] I got my eye on you, boy. I got my eye on you really good.
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Featured in The Making of 'Sleeping Dogs' (2004) See more »

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Don't Look Back
Murray Grindlay
Courtesy of EMI New Zealand
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i was confused
17 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

I was slightly confused by the content of this movie. From what I gathered, Sam Neill's character was a family man whose wife had an affair, and he was then mistaken for a guerrilla. There was plenty of guerrilla warfare on the streets who were trying to protest something. I couldn't quite gather what it was. There were plenty of shoot-em-up scenes on the streets and in the wilderness when Neil was trying to escape and clear his name. Other than that, I thought the movie was decent. The scene where he was imprisoned in a dank jail cell was harrowing and unforgettable, and I loved the part where he vomits on the guards to escape from the transport car. I sort of liked the movie and might recommend it.

** 1/2 out of ****


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