Sleeping Dogs

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.

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

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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