Sleeping Dogs - 1977
Aardvark Films - 105 min.
DVD UPC # 013131261691 (US 2-disc set w/Smash Palace); 9315842026240 (AU 2-disc set w/Smash Palace)
Cast: Sam Neill, Ian Mune, Warren Oates, Nevan Rowe, Donna Akersten, Ian Watkin, Bill Johnson.
Crew: Screenplay: Ian Mune, Arthur Baysting (based on the C. K. Stead's novel, 'Smith's Dream'); Photography: Michael Seresin; Editor: Ian John; Music: Murray Grindlay, David Calder, Mathew Brown; Producer and director: Roger Donaldson.
Against a background of economic crisis and industrial turmoil, goading a repressive government to rule by force, an apolitical man (Neill) leaves a broken marriage to set up home on an offshore island, unaware that revolutionaries are using it to store arms. He finds out when the police come for him. Meanwhile his wife's lover (Mune), is likewise apolitical until he is unwittingly caught up in police violence at a demonstration and becomes a revolutionary. This is considered the film that marked the beginning of contemporary New Zealand cinema and lauched the careers of several film-makers and actors, most notably Sam Neill and Roger Donaldson.
Censor Rating: PG - Review Rating: B-
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