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Sleeping Dogs
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Director:
Writers:
Christian K. Stead (novel)
Ian Mune (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 April 1979 (Norway) See more »
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Plot:
Recluse Smith (Sam Neill) is drawn into a revolutionary struggle between guerillas and right-wingers in New Zealand... See more » | Add synopsis »
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1 nomination See more »
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User Reviews:
Impressive in its context See more (10 total) »

Cast

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Sam Neill ... Smith
Nevan Rowe ... Gloria
Ian Mune ... Bullen

Warren Oates ... 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
Dorothy McKegg ... Glorias Mother
Roger Oakley ... Assassin Leader
Bernard Moody ... Man at Wharf
Laurie Dee ... Special Sergeant
Ron Cameron ... Special 1
Rod Collison ... Special 2
Ken Smith ... Special 3

Richard Moss ... Special 4
Norman Fawsey ... Special 5
Peter Rowell ... Special 6 (as Peter Bols)
Chris Parkinson ... Special 7

Bill Juliff ... Burton
Pat Hoff ... Sergeant
Tom Binns ... Carter
Les Hunt ... Guerilla Man
Shirley Duke ... Guerilla Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cass Donaldson ... Cass

Directed by
Roger Donaldson 
 
Writing credits
Christian K. Stead (novel "Smith's Dream") (as Karl Stead)

Ian Mune (screenplay) and
Arthur Baysting (screenplay)

Produced by
Roger Donaldson .... producer
Larry Parr .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Mathew Brown 
David Calder 
Murray Grindlay 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Seresin 
 
Film Editing by
Ian John 
 
Art Direction by
Roger Donaldson 
Ian Mune 
 
Costume Design by
Lesley McLennan 
Craig McLeod 
 
Special Effects by
Andy Grant .... special effects
Victor Moit .... special effects
Geoff Murphy .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alun Bollinger .... gaffer
David Burr .... focus puller
 
Other crew
Mickey Cottrell .... publicist (uncredited)
 

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USA:107 min | West Germany:100 min
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New Zealand's then-Prime Minister, Robert Muldoon, requested a private pre-release screening after hearing rumors that the film was intended as a criticism of his leadership.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Bullen crashes the red car, the front left headlight is alternately damaged/undamaged in subsequent shots.See more »
Quotes:
Smith:[after discovering how he was framed as a terrorist] You bastards, you bastards.See more »
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Featured in The Making of 'Sleeping Dogs' (2004) (V)See more »

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Impressive in its context, 12 January 2005
Author: scroff from United Kingdom

I remember trying to see this film when I was 12 or 13 but the friend who bought the tickets ending up buying tickets for The Magic Roundabout and the Blue Cat. What a disappointment at the time.

Seeing it for the first time subsequently, the optimum word is prescient. Donaldson showed scenes that were fresh and on a scale never scene in NZ cinema before. Skyhawks dropping bombs on the terrorists (Mune and Neill). "Spooky" is the word most used by those who have commented in this forum.

Having met Carl Stead last year in London, I was impressed by his philosophy regarding the films success in NZ at the time. Comprimises were made to the author's chagrin but in the end the story fulfilled its cinematic requirements. Donaldson along with Geoff Murphy were pioneers of a new revolution in film-making for New Zealand.

The first NZ film I had seen that opened up the dark under belly of an immature and isolated nation in troubled times.

The movie is dated now but the impact in context of the time it was made is undeniable.

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