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Where Sleeping Dogs Lie (1991)

A murder mystery writer misreads the nervous man he bullies in a spooky Hollywood mansion.

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Bruce Simmons is an idealistic but out-of-work writer who stubbornly ignores advice from his agents to make compromises with his work and write more commercially viable material, but he stubbornly refuses to compromise his artistic idealism.. His only source of income is a side job in real estate, but his lack of success there also makes it impossible to pay the rent, and he is evicted. His boss gives him one more chance: sell a decaying Hollywood mansion which was the scene of the horrible unsolved murder of a seemingly ideal family many years before. Although the house still is bloodstained, the bodies, including those of the two children have never been found. The now homeless Simmons determines to give his sexy literary agent and former lover the blood and guts she's been asking for and decides to write a novel about the killings. While he is researching material, a nervous stranger appears at his door and asks to rent a room. Seeing no harm in pocketing Eddie Hale's $350 monthly ... Written by duke1029

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19 June 1993 (South Korea)  »

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Ahol alvó kutyák hevernek  »

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Eddie Hale: [discussing the Davenport murders] Statistics show that murders know their victims
Bruce Simmons: Doesn't make sense
Eddie Hale: Well they have their reasons I guess they have something against that person or persons I mean people can hurt one deeply. See what I mean even he knew where to find them and when you have to think like the hawk not the swallow. It's okay Bruce all human activity moves towards a manifestation of god. You thought everything we do everything they do has no meaning until god shows his face. Hmm ...
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Helping the author write a masterpiece
27 December 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"Where Sleeping Dogs Lie" would have been a much better film had the director and writer tightened the screen play in which it's based. Charles Finch, the director, and Yolanda Turner, the writer, tried to put some life into the film with mixed results.

The story of Bruce, a writer that is house sitting a mansion that has seen better days, offers a lot of possibilities. Bruce made the discovery about a murder that has taken place in the house. To make matters worse, he agrees into taking a lodger, the creepy Eddie Hale. The viewer realizes right away where the story is going. The result is an uneven movie that has some good elements and with another creative team it might have been more interesting.

Dylan McDermott is Bruce, the writer. Tom Sizemore has more opportunity playing the strange Eddie Hale, who is the key to the mystery surrounding the mansion and what happened in it years ago. Sharon Stone is seen as a literary agent that wants to dare Bruce into producing a masterpiece.

"Where Sleeping Dogs Lie" is a curiosity piece that is mildly engrossing.


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