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Where Sleeping Dogs Lie ()


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

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Bruce Simmons
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Eddie Hale
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Serena Black
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Stan Reeb
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Evan Best
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Woman Tourist
David Q. Combs ...
Man Tourist
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Serena's Secretary
Elizabeth Whitcraft ...
Serena's Secretary (as Liza Whitcraft)
Phoebe Stone ...
Little Girl
Shawne Rowe ...
Telegram Clown
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Detective Clifton
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Dol Whitney
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John Whitney
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Mother and children 1rst victims (uncredited)
William Edward Lewis ...
Short Man (uncredited)
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Donald (uncredited)
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Homicide Detective (uncredited)

Directed by

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Charles Finch

Written by

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Yolande Turner ... (written by) &
Charles Finch ... (written by)

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Nadia Alsharif ... associate producer
Charles Finch ... co-producer
Kimba Hills ... associate producer
Paul Mason ... executive producer
Edward T. Parmalee ... associate producer (as Edward T. Parmelee)
Michael Rothschild ... associate producer
Mario Sotela ... producer

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Mark Mancina
Hans Zimmer

Cinematography by

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Miles Cook ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Gene M. Gamache
B.J. Sears

Editorial Department

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Jaime Oria ... editing intern
Glenn Suffern ... negative cutter
John Watson ... associate editor

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Kimba Hills

Production Design by

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Eve Cauley

Art Direction by

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Lisa Snyder

Set Decoration by

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Anthony Stabley

Costume Design by

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Lynn Pickwell

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R. Christopher Biggs ... special makeup effects artist
Valentina Knox ... assistant hair stylist / assistant makeup artist
Janine Rath ... makeup assistant (as Janine Rae Rath)
Gwyne Redner ... hair stylist
Tricia Sawyer ... key hair stylist / key makeup artist

Production Management

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Avi Kleinberger ... production manager (as Avraham Klienberger)
Pamela Reis ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Bruce Franklin ... first assistant director
Alexandra Guzman ... second second assistant director
Andrew C. Keeter ... second assistant director

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Sharon Barnebey ... paint foreman
James R. Barrows ... plaster sculptor
Gabi Blitz ... paint intern
Joe Boswell ... art department intern
Annie Buckley ... art department assistant
Matthew Burger ... greensman
Dominique Cady ... set dresser
Michael A. Capps ... construction foreman
Brandi Cracraft ... art department assistant
Rebecca C. Crespi ... art department assistant (as Rebecca Crespi)
George Ferganchick ... carpenter foreman
Christopher P. Garr ... construction coordinator
John Garr ... propmaker
Peter Gum ... set dresser
Brian Hamilton ... decorating assistant
Mike Henderson ... carpenter
Jonathan R. Hodges ... property master (as Jonathan Hodges)
Chris Hopkins ... foam sculptor (as Chris C. Hopkins)
Graham Jones ... set dresser intern
Lisa Keller ... set designer
Leon A. Leigh ... metal sculptor
David Zen Mansley ... painter (as David Mansley)
Rex Martin ... propmaker
Ondi McMaster ... set dresser
Robert Newman ... specialist painter
Sherry O'Connor ... assistant property master (as Sherry Dreizen)
Dennis Orton ... assistant art director
Mona Personius ... assistant set decorator / leadperson
John J. Rasmussen ... on-set dresser
William Stevens ... construction production assistant
Kathy Stewart ... prop assistant
Simon Thaler ... art department production assistant

Sound Department

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Mark Allen ... dialogue editor
Paul Aronoff ... foley recordist
Brad Blake ... foley recordist
Ricardo Broadus ... assistant sound editor
Virgil Cleminitine ... sound mixer
Jonathan Fuh ... boom operator
Patrick M. Griffith ... supervising sound editor
Glenn E. James ... boom operator
J. Stanley Johnston ... sound recording engineer (as Stanley Johnston)
William B. Johnston ... sound technical coordinator
Gerry Lentz ... sound recording engineer
Dean Minnerly ... foley artist
Robert Muchnicki ... foley artist (as Rob Muchnicki)
Derrick Perkins ... digital sound designer (as Derrick C. Perkins) / sound recording engineer (as Derrick C. Perkins)
Christopher B. Reeves ... adr editor (as Chris Reeves) / dialogue editor (as Chris Reeves)
John Reiner ... adr recordist
Scott Sanders ... assistant sound editor
Tony Smyles ... production sound mixer (uncredited)

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Roscoe Fowler ... special effects coordinator

Stunts

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Clay Boss ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Anthony L. Bracy ... electrician
Robert Joe Brown ... additional grip (as Robert Joe 'Moe' Brown)
Michael A. Broz ... first assistant camera
Eric Cortez ... electrician
Eric Arnold Cortez ... lighting technician
Cicero De Moraes ... best boy electric
Robert E. Eras ... electrician (as Robert Eras)
Buck Evans ... electrician (as 'Buck' Evans)
Rory Flynn ... still photographer
Bob Hall ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
D.J. Harder ... second assistant camera
Steven Kline ... additional focus puller
Danny Kuchuck ... electrician
Don Mann ... best boy grip
Andy 'Eagle' Padilla ... rigging grip (as Andy Padilla)
Jack Palinkas ... key grip
Jason Palinkas ... extra grip
Monty Rowan ... camera operator
Joe A. Salamdino ... crane grip / dolly grip
Michael Seaman ... electrician (as Mike Seaman)
Brian Soden ... additional grip (as Brian 'Boomer' Soden)
Glenn 'Bubba' Steward ... extra grip
Suzanne Tenner ... still photographer
Vance Trussell ... consultant: lighting
Stewart White ... crane grip / dolly grip
Dan Kneece ... steadicam operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Shawn Lewis ... extras casting
Gus Long ... extra casting: minors, Kid Casting
Shawne Rowe ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Hector Duran ... wardrobe assistant
Eduardo Lucero ... wardrobe assistant
Mickey McDermott ... wardrobe assistant
Tina Nail ... assistant costumer
Nail Rockett ... head cutter
Catherine Weaver ... wardrobe supervisor
Bill Whitten ... hat designer

Location Management

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Edward T. Parmalee ... location manager (as Edward T. Parmelee)
Donald E. Robinson ... assistant location manager: New York

Music Department

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Jay Rifkin ... music producer
Michael Wetherwax ... music editor

Script and Continuity Department

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Halimah Fielding ... script supervisor (as Halima Fielding)

Transportation Department

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Joseph Aroesti ... driver (as Joe Aroesti)
Jerry Cormier ... driver
Ronald Wm. Cowan ... driver
Michael Doggett ... transportation coordinator
Tom Gilhooley ... driver (as Thomas Gilhooley)
D.J. Harder ... driver: camera truck
Charles D. Hindman ... driver (as Charles Hindman)
Mark A. Melillo ... transportation captain (as Mark A. Mellilo)
Robert G. Raitt ... driver
Michael David Speedie ... driver: honeywagon

Other crew

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Thomas D. Adelman ... production coordinator
David A. Bennett ... office production assistant
Jim Brockett ... animal trainer
Mark A. Correll ... stand-in
Ned Eisenberg ... set production assistant
Matthew Finn ... office production assistant
Steve Gates ... craft service
Tracy Gilbert ... assistant to director
Marvin Graham ... shotmaker operator
Dennis Grisco ... animal wrangler
John Loveless ... chapman crane operator
David Lust ... unit publicist
Lucy Mardonovich ... assistant accountant (as Lucy Mardonovich-Fernandez)
Bobbie Plotkin ... production travel
Gregory Plotkin ... office production assistant: New York
Baron Ray ... stand-in
Vince Rotonda ... office production assistant
Scott Rudolph ... medic
Robert Sandler ... set production assistant
Teresa A. Trout ... production secretary
Jennifer Willoughby ... office production assistant: Phoenix
Kenneth Mancebo ... production accountant (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 rent, he allows the enigmatic grocery store manager to stay, but his new tenant soon begins to insinuate himself into Bruce's life and his novel-in-progress,. His agent is able to sell the proposed manuscript to a publisher under the claim that the story will be told through the eyes of the actual killer. Why does Bruce's odd tenant take such a morbid interest in the cold case murderer and his victims? Possibly Eddie is more than the meek milquetoast he claims to be and may have a more sinister agenda. Written by duke1029

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Taglines The truth won't lie still forever. See more »
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Also Known As
  • La mort en dédicace (France)
  • Sleeping Dogs - Tagebuch eines Mörders (Germany)
  • Warum schlafende Hunde wecken (Germany)
  • Confesión criminal (Spain)
  • Ahol alvó kutyák hevernek (Hungary)
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  • 95 min
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Movie Connections Referenced in Clerks (1994). See more »
Quotes Bruce Simmons: [opening lines quoting intertitle] 'To live, is to battle with fiends in the vaults of the heart and mind. To write: that is to sit in judgment over one's self'. Ibsen said that. He was right.
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