Sleeping Dogs

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"What happens when you're hunted...and there's no place to run!"
  • NR
  • 1977
  • 1 hr 47 min
  • 6.3  (1,622)

Sleeping Dogs is a 1977 New Zealand film directed by Roger Donaldson, and starring Sam Neill, Nevan Rowe, and Ian Mune. It is based on the novel Smith's Dream by C.K. Stead, and tells the story of a man named Smith who becomes involved with a revolutionary group fighting against the government. Set in the near future, the film takes place in a totalitarian society in which the government exercises strict control over the population. Smith (Neill) is a loner who lives alone on an island off the coast of New Zealand. When the government declares martial law and begins to crack down on dissidents, Smith is drawn into the conflict.

Smith joins a group of rebels led by a charismatic revolutionary named Bullen (Rowe), and begins to participate in their guerrilla activities. However, as Smith becomes more involved with the group, he begins to question their methods and their goals.

Meanwhile, the government brings in a squad of soldiers led by a ruthless commander named Willoughby (Mune) to hunt down and capture the rebels. Willoughby is determined to stop the rebellion at any cost, and his troops are quick to use force against anyone suspected of aiding the rebels.

As Smith struggles with his loyalty to the rebel cause and his doubts about their methods, he finds himself caught in the middle of a violent conflict that threatens to destroy everything he cares about.

Sleeping Dogs is a powerful and gripping film that explores themes of political oppression, rebellion, and the struggle for freedom. The film is notable for its intense action scenes and its realistic portrayal of the harsh realities of guerrilla warfare.

Sam Neill delivers a strong performance as Smith, a complex character who is torn between his desire for freedom and his doubts about the methods used by the rebels. Nevan Rowe is equally impressive as Bullen, the charismatic leader of the rebels, and Ian Mune is chilling as the ruthless Willoughby.

Overall, Sleeping Dogs is a thought-provoking and compelling film that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats. It is a must-see for fans of political thrillers and action films, and a timeless classic of New Zealand cinema.

Sleeping Dogs is a 1977 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 47 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3.

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    6.3  (1,622)