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February 16, 2017
Ordinary man becomes unwillingly involved as a resistance fighter and framed as a conspirator against a repressive regime in New Zealand. First feature for NZ Director Roger Donaldson with Warren Oates curiously appearing in a small role.
½ November 8, 2012
This is a very New Zealand film. Its one of the first features made here is years and it represents the beginnings of two very successful careers, Roger Donaldson and Sam Neill.
The film is obviously very low budget but they do a lot with what they had. The film is still very compelling and while the story is pretty heavy going, it os very entertaining. Sam Neill is great in this roll, it was perfect for him at the time. He holds his own, even when a true hollywood star, Warren Oates, briefly shows up.

So, if you like or are interested in New Zealand cinema, or just like a quality low budget film, give it a look, it won't let you down.
August 13, 2011
A bit of a mixed bag.
November 6, 2008
While it is laboured with some problems - the woman playing Gloria is woefully miscast, and the editing and sound editing are a bit naff in places - Sleeping Dogs is a surprisingly intelligent, stark look at one man who becomes an unwitting poster-boy for guerilla revolutionaries in a New Zealand in civil war. The prominent theme - that political conflict not only affects the guilty, but the innocent, too - is just as pertinent today as it was then, and Roger Donaldson's direction is excellent for such a low-budget film. Sam Neill also gives an excellent early performance.
July 31, 2008
A really good movie. Very 70s. Especially amazing when you consider it's the first 35mm color feature ever made in New Zealand.
June 20, 2008
NZ in the 70s wasn't really like this. I remember seeing it way back then but didn't get my 10 year old head around it at all. I've seen it again since reaching adulthood and it has theat oddness of a Kubric directed tale. Exciting clashes and worth watching simply because of it's heritage.
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