Sleeping dogs

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Director Roger Donaldson's directorial debut was also a breakthrough film for New Zealand filmmakers, being the first film from New Zealand to open in the United States. Sam Neill stars as a man named Smith who lives in a near future of economic collapse in New Zealand. Smith is a husband who discovers that his wife has been having an affair. Unable to deal with it, he decides to move out and live by himself. But the precarious political chaos in New Zealand has created a right wing backlash, with repressive government forces murdering opponents to the government's policies. Smith finds himself joining a group of freedom fighters that sets out to preserve democracy. Opposing Smith and the freedom fighters are the government thugs and an apolitical soldier of fortune named Willoughby (Warren Oates). ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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Sam Neill
as Smith
Bernard Kearns
as Prime Minister
Nevan Rowe
as Gloria
Ian Mune
as Bullen
Ian Watkin
as Dudley
Don Selwyn
as Taupiri
Tommy Tinirau
as Old Maori Man
Roger Oakley
as Assassin Leader
Clyde Scott
as Jesperson
Dorothy McKegg
as Gloria's Mother
Tony Groser
as Gloria's Father
Warren Oates
as Willoughby
Ken Smith
as Special 3
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  • The movie resembles Z and The Battle of Algiers in the way it combines ideology with fiercely-paced action.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Sleeping Dogs was the film that put both Sam Neill and New Zealand cinema on the world stage, and it's not difficult to see why.

    Apr 19, 2018 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

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