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Where Sleeping Dogs Lie (1991)

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

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dylan McDermott ... Bruce Simmons
Tom Sizemore ... Eddie Hale
Sharon Stone ... Serena Black
Ron Karabatsos ... Stan Reeb
Charles Finch Charles Finch ... Evan Best
Mary Woronov ... Woman Tourist
David Q. Combs David Q. Combs ... Man Tourist
Vanna Bonta ... Serena's Secretary
Elizabeth Whitcraft Elizabeth Whitcraft ... Serena's Secretary (as Liza Whitcraft)
Phoebe Stone Phoebe Stone ... Little Girl
Shawne Rowe Shawne Rowe ... Telegram Clown
Richard Zavaglia ... Detective Clifton
Jillian McWhirter ... Dol Whitney
Brett Cullen ... John Whitney
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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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A writer searching for the dead is about to uncover the killer. See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1993 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Ahol alvó kutyák hevernek See more »

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Sotela Pictures See more »
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Ultra Stereo

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1.85 : 1
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Eddie Hale: I'm him watching like the angel of sorrow, just like you wrote
Eddie Hale: I read somewhere people know who they're going to kill it's true though mine all died in a crash sad yes sad... sad... sad come on let's get our minds out of this sad stuff
Eddie Hale: Your writing my story... no use running to the police Bruce i'll be gone i'll be long gone... nobody NOBODY Catches Me. I only did what always thought of doing these ordinary ugly suburban people who go for the latest and cheapest junk... junk right couldn't sell...
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A thriller that simmers to the boiling point.
3 February 2001 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Most will find this movie slow and sluggish. There really is not a lot of action, but plenty of dialogue and suspense. An out of work writer (Dylan McDermott)house sits a vacant mansion, where he decides to write a book about the wealthy family that was murdered there. His agent and former lover(Sharon Stone) tries to shame him into submitting a masterpiece novel for publication. The stalker/murderer who slaughtered the family arrives and ends up helping McDermott write in detail.

My favorite scene is where the tantalizing Miss Stone lifts herself up out of the swimming pool to smooch McDermott. A second viewing will help you make sense of this dark drama.


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