The Sleeping Tiger (1954)

The Sleeping Tiger (1954)





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When a psychiatrist captures a thief breaking into his home red-handed, he agrees not to prosecute him if he will undergo an experiment involving the doctor's rehabilitation theories. Tragedy ensues, involving the psychiatrist, his wife and the thief.
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Astor Pictures Corporation

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Dirk Bogarde
as Frank Clements
Alexander Knox
as Dr. Clive Esmond
Alexis Smith
as Glenda Esmond
Hugh Griffith
as Inspector Simmons
Glyn Houston
as Bailey
Harry Towb
as Harry
Russell Waters
as Manager
Billie Whitelaw
as Receptionist
Fred Griffiths
as Taxi Driver
Esma Cannon
as Window Cleaner
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Critic Reviews for The Sleeping Tiger

All Critics (2)

Brute force collides with the gentility of 1950s British cinema

Full Review… | September 25, 2009

Unconvincing and far-fetched psychological drama about lust and redemption.

Full Review… | December 25, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Sleeping Tiger

The psychology is dated but this is one of Alexis Smith's best roles and performances.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Dirk Bogarde is the reason to watch this film.

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

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A psychotherapist (Knox) invites a wanted criminal (Bogarde) to stay in his home in the hopes of finding a solid treatment for criminal behavior. The experiment starts to go awry when the doctor's sociopathic, bored wife (Smith) starts an affair with the criminal in the hopes that she will run away with her. "The Sleeping Tiger" is an overblown melodrama with just enough character development and film noir elements to make it interesting. A decent cast also helps the movie along quite nicely. Dirk Bogarde--as the young career criminal who finds himself caught between a rock and a hard place, but who might find his way to a new life if he can go straight--and Alexis Smith--as a gorgeous and deeply twisted woman who has everything except a soul) give outstanding performances, with Alexander Knox providing a fine backdrop for them to play off, as he plays a bland but unshakably confident man of science who only has thoughts of his experiment. There's nothing really outstanding about this British excursion into the film noir/crime drama genre, but there's also nothing particularly awful. It's one of those films that's worth checking out if you notice it included in a DVD multipack, or if it shows up on some cable channel, but it's not worth going out of your way for. The Sleeping Tiger Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Alexis Smith, Alexander Knox, Hugh Griffith, and Patricia McCarron Diretor: Victor Hanbury (aka Joseph Losey)

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