Smith (Sam Neill) is devastated when his wife runs off with his best friend Bullen (Ian Mune). Smith takes off to the Coromandel. Meanwhile, the Government has enlisted an anti-terrorist force to viciously crack down on its opponents. Bullen, now a guerrilla, asks Smith to join the revolution. Directed by Roger Donaldson, this 1977 adaptation of CK Stead's novel Smith's Dream heralded a new wave of Kiwi cinema; it was one of the decade's only local films to win a sizable audience at home. This excerpt includes a much talked about scene: a baton charge by government forces.
[Sleeping Dogs] almost single-handedly created a climate of acceptance within the country for a Kiwi film industry.– Jonathan Dowling looks back at the film's impact, The Evening Post, 27 February 1988
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