Sleeping Dogs

Synopsis: Recluse Smith (Sam Neill) is drawn into a revolutionary struggle between guerillas and right-wingers in New Zealand. Implicated in a murder and framed as a revolutionary conspirator, Smith tries to maintain an attitude of non-violence while caught between warring factions.
Director(s): Roger Donaldson
Production: Grindstone Media
  1 nomination.
107 min

( Dramatic music playing on TV)

'The Prime Minister, Mr. Volkner, has had

to cut short his crucial Middle East talks

'seeking a continuation of

our oil supplies and return home to face

'the most serious crisis

in labor relations since 1951.

'The country today ground

to a halt in the major cities

'as the threat of a general strike loomed.

'Rioting broke out

as pro- and anti-strike factions

'collided outside the Auckland waterfront

this afternoon.

'Police were called in

and 11 men were admitted to hospital.

'One man is in a critical condition

with severe head injuries.

'The introduction of petrol rationing

and curtailing of public transport

'has given the union cause

a large measure of public sympathy.

'Only success at the conference tables

will give the Volkner government

'the public support it will need

to avert a general strike.

'It was hoped the Prime Minister's arrival

would break the air of mystery

'so far surrounded the Mideast oil talks,

but he refused to give any indications

'when met at the airport

by a TV1 film crew this afternoon.

(Reporter) 'Have you been able to

negotiate for continued supplies of oil?

' Unfortunately I'm not in a position

to discuss the matter.

'Are you aware of deteriorating

union-government relationships?

'- I am.

- What are you going to do about it?

'All I can say is the government

will not be held to ransom.

'If strikes continue, we'll be prepared

to meet force with force.

(Newsreader) 'This tough line with unions

has been backed up by new legislation...'

Dad? Dad?

Dad, where are you going?

I don't know.

'...and carry penalties of heavy fines

and imprisonment.

'The Army will be called in to replace

workers withholding their labor

'and police will be granted

wider powers of arrest.

'The most controversial clause

of the new legislation...'

I made you a present, Dad.

' detain without charge.

'It's believed even some government

members may vote against this clause.

'The Prime Minister will make

a major statement on all channels

'as soon as the vote has been taken.

'He will then disclose the outcome

of his talks with Arab leaders.

'In official figures released today...'

I'll see you.

'...the previous quarter, while gas and

electricity charges have increased 400%,

'and clothing prices 280%

over the same period.'

Bye-bye, Dad!

I haven't bloody left yet,

so shift that heap!

Hang on. I just want to talk.

Smith, please, for God's sake...

What do you think you're doing,

you bloody idiot!

For Christ's sake!

(Tires squeal)


"Don't look back")

Drop me a line

If you find you've the time

And let me know how you're doing now

And maybe some day

We might just meet up again

Though I don't think so somehow

Time will take care

of this whole damn affair

Lord, I'm so down in the mumps

That you've gone your way

So I guess I'll go mine

Like a free bird heading south

Don't look back

Why don't you turn around?

And don't look back

It will only bring you down

Though your hea-a-art

May be broke in two

Don't look back

It will only depress you

Keep on moving, baby

Don't look back

If you had your way

Maybe I would have stayed

For a short time...

(Dog barks)

(Feeble bell rings)

( Country music)

Fifty, fifty, fifty

Fifty-five dollars a week

Diggin' holes for trees

on the Auckland Council

I dropped that spade...



Actually, I'm not after a feed.

I was after a bit of information.

I was wondering if you could tell me

who owns the island in the next bay.

- Gut Island, I think it's called.

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Ian Mune

Ian Barry Mune (born 1941) is a New Zealand character actor, director, and screenwriter. His screen acting career spans four decades and more than 50 roles. His work as a director includes hit comedy Came a Hot Friday, an adaptation of classic New Zealand play The End of the Golden Weather, and What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?, the sequel to Once Were Warriors. Mune was born in Auckland, and educated at Wesley College in the same city. In the 1991 New Year Honours he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to the theatre and film industry. He was married to the writer Josie Mune until her death in 2015. more…

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