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Sleeping Dogs
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Writers:
Christian K. Stead (novel)
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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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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
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Cass Donaldson ... Cass
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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
 
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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 »
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Continuity: 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.See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Solid if not spectacular, 18 June 2002
Author: stekelmoll from Wellington, New Zealand

Based on the novel Smith's Dream by academic C. K. Stead, Sleeping Dogs is set in a totalitarian New Zealand. Smith moves to the country to escape trouble but is framed by the state as a terrorist.The rest of the film involves his attempts to avoid arrest and his eventual fate.

Released in 1977, the film possessed a poignancy for New Zealanders, who at the time viewed the then Muldoon National Government with some suspicion. A scene involving riot police in an Auckland street was a chilling portent of events during the 1981 Springbok rugby tour to New Zealand, and indeed on its release in the USA, some Americans confused the film's images with media reports of the tour protests.

Notable for Sam Neill's role as Smith, the movie started a late 1970s revival in the New Zealand film industry, including movies such as The Scarecrow, Skin Deep, and Smash Palace.

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