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Sleeping Dogs
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Writers:
Christian K. Stead (novel)
Ian Mune (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 April 1979 (Norway) See more »
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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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Good Thriller 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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This was the first New Zealand produced film to attain general release in the USA.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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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Good Thriller, 23 April 2011
Author: Rodrigo Amaro (rodrigo882008@hotmail.com) from São Paulo, Brazil

In one of the most acclaimed films coming from New Zealand, Sam Neill plays Smith, a simple man turned into a dangerous one after being confused as a rebel from a resistance group that fights against the new government. Now he has the run from the police and the army to save his life and the only ones who can help him are the same members of the resistance that caused him trouble, including Bullen (Ian Mune), who had an affair with Smith's wife.

There's a few gaps in the narrative, some things are half explained and others don't get any explanation at all, also a lack of idealism or reasons to explain why there's a conflict between the rebels and the government, and all that made the film less appealing, and very confusing. Both sides of the political tensions are presented equally distant from us, so we can't decide which one is right and which one is wrong; our empathy must stay at all time with Neill's character, who is an enigma to us, we don't know what was his occupation before his life gets shattered, and he got framed as terrorist because someone planted guns in his boat. But the story tells us this guy's very smart, he knows combative techniques, some tricks under the sleeve (his escape from the police car by forcing a vomit was incredible).

In his first film director Roger Donaldson makes a very good thriller, effectively tense, and with good moments and great performances (includes a special appearance from Warren Oates as an American military who is following the rebels). A higher focus on the political aspects and placing the characters motivations more on the surface would make this film perfect. 9/10

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