Sleeping Dogs has sharp directional flair evident, particularly in the action segments, taut performances by the large cast and a handsome technical gloss in all departments.

Sleeping Dogs has sharp directional flair evident, particularly in the action segments, taut performances by the large cast and a handsome technical gloss in all departments.

When the pictures are left to tell the story they do it with great visual impact. The script is less successful.

The story is a political thriller [from the novel Smith's Dream by Karl Stead], set in New Zealand of the near future, and sees the small democracy taken over by the rightist party in power, via rigged shooting at a street demonstration. Overnight a police state is set up, and a counter-revolutionary force of freedom-fighters starts hitting back.

As Smith, Sam Neill is natural. He projects the right intensity for a man caught up in an Orwellian nightmare.

Sleeping Dogs

New Zealand

Production

Aardvark. Director Roger Donaldson; Producer Roger Donaldson; Screenplay Ian Mune, Arthur Baysting; Camera Michael Sarasin; Editor Ian John; Music Murray Grindlay

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 107 MIN.

With

Sam Neill Bernard Kearns Nevan Rowe Ian Mune Ian Watkin Don Selwyn
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