The Innocent Sleep (1996)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  26 January 1996 (UK)
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The young, bright and decent London tramp Alan Terry accidentally witnesses a mob execution. He gets away, but leaves enough evidence for them to come looking for him among the homeless, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Bluto ...
Paul Brightwell ...
Det. Insp. Matheson
Alan Terry
Campbell Morrison ...
Adolfo Cavani
Hilary Crowson ...
Sheila Terry
Kieran Smith ...
Newspaper Vendor
Police Constable
Brian Lipson ...
Police Sergeant
Dermot Kerrigan ...
Alex Giannini ...
Thug (as Alex Richardson)


The young, bright and decent London tramp Alan Terry accidentally witnesses a mob execution. He gets away, but leaves enough evidence for them to come looking for him among the homeless, and most violently: his older best friend is killed by arson. It turns out that Matheson, the police Detective Inspector in charge of the murder investigation, is in cahoot with the mob boss Adolfo Cavani, and actually on Alan's trace, with the firm intent to eliminate the dangerous witness. The only one who may actually help Alan is a female reporter... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »




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26 January 1996 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Der Augenzeuge - Gnadenlos gejagt  »

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2.35 : 1
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Inspired by the case of Roberto Calvi, "God's Banker", found hanging under Blackfriars Bridge in 1982. Originally treated as suicide, an Italian inquiry has now established that Calvi was murdered. See more »


References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

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good actors fail to rescue dull film
25 February 2001 | by (Cork, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Mostly bland crime story in which a homeless man (Rupert Graves) is witness to a hanging from London's Tower Bridge. When he goes to report the crime, he discovers the cop leading the investigation (Michael Gambon) was one of the hangers, so he enlists the help of a journalist (Annabella Sciorra) to expose the story. Unfortunately, aside from a neat twist about three-quarters of the way through, there is little real mystery or suspense: we know Gambon did it, and Graves manages to stay out of any real danger for most of the film. The actors do the best they can, but get little support from the unsubtle script and direction; Sciorra spends most of her time being earnest and Gambon chews a little scenery but not enough to make a lasting impression. Graves is a solid lead but falls victim to the film's biggest failing; this is one of the least convincing depictions of homelessness I've seen. Overall, the film feels like a typical British TV crime show, but with most of the depth carefully removed.

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