A solid, old-fashioned thriller that touches on recent news stories about corruption in high places, The Innocent Sleep is familiar stuff but receives an extra edge from interesting casting and Scott Michell’s classy direction.
When Alan Terry (an effective Rupert Graves), a homeless drunk eking out a precarious existence in an unfriendly London, beds down near Tower Bridge, he’s got a box seat when a suave Italian (Franco Nero) oversees the execution of a fellow Italian.
His friend George (a rather hammy Graham Crowden), a fellow derelict, advises him to report the killing, which is officially listed as a suicide; he discovers that the officer in charge of the investigation, Matheson (the chillingly intense Michael Gambon), was one of the killers.
Terry enlists the help of a tough-as-nails Yank investigative reporter, Billie Hayman (a delightful Annabella Sciorra), who works for a London tabloid and is recovering from a murky incident in her recent past. Story builds a fair degree of suspense before the rather disappointing finale. [Version reviewed was a 110-min. one screened in the 1995 Cannes market. Pic was subsequently cut to 99 mins.]