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Sleeping Dogs
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Director:
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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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Nearly Famous 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
 
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Alun Bollinger .... gaffer
David Burr .... focus puller
 
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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:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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Col. Willoughby:[to Smith] I got my eye on you, boy. I got my eye on you really good.See more »
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Nearly Famous, 31 January 2004
Author: Tamaal from New Zealand

As far as I'm aware, Sam Neill's first film - and what a start!

Starring a Kiwi, directed by a Kiwi and packed to the gunwales with Kiwi talent, this is definitely no Hollywood hyperbole extravaganza.Its sole concession to the 'star power' syndrome is the presence of Warren Oates ("Dillinger") as an armed subversive type (I didn't dare to use the dreaded 'T' word!).

The film is under the very capable guidance of the now-also-well-known Roger Donaldson, who was also responsible for another powerful home-grown effort, "Smash Palace". Impressionable youngsters like Peter Jackson may have seen this and decided their futures.

Like Jackson's LOTR trilogy, "Sleeping Dogs" is filmed on location in New Zealand. As such, the sets and scenery give a fair idea of life in provincial and metropolitan NZ in the mid-70's (but there's no stunning vistas of the majestic Southern Alps here, I'm afraid).

"Sleeping Dogs" is an adaptation of a story by New Zealand author C.K.Stead and pits an increasingly autocratic government of the near-future against a group of resistance fighters. Smith (Neill), very recently separated from a cheating wife, pretty much accidentally and quite reluctantly, gets involved with this group.

One scene in the movie was (and still is) something of a talking point here in NZ because it seemed, in hindsight, so chillingly prescient - life imitating art.

In the scene, a large group of protesters have clashed violently with unyielding, merciless, baton-wielding riot police; blood is flowing, injures are rife.

Some five years after the film had been released, in 1981, the then-internationally-banned Springbok rugby team from South Africa were allowed to tour here, despite clamorous local and global opposition.

New Zealand experienced the horrors and scarring of civil division. Wherever the Springboks played and also in the capital, Wellington, violence erupted. And it seemed to many of us at the time that the scenes that Donaldson had shot many years ago were now being replayed almost nightly on the news. Spooky.

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