Sleeping Dogs Lie

Overview

A youthful indiscretion threatens to derail the relationship between an otherwise predictable young woman and her nice-guy fiancé in director Bob Goldthwait's revealing look at the high price of honesty in committed relationships. To the unassuming eye, Amy is a normal young woman with a bright future and a fabulous fiancé, but when Amy's probing husband-to-be suggests that the both parties come clean about their pasts before exchanging rings, the revelation that follows may be more than he's able to handle. ...
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Overview

A youthful indiscretion threatens to derail the relationship between an otherwise predictable young woman and her nice-guy fiancé in director Bob Goldthwait's revealing look at the high price of honesty in committed relationships. To the unassuming eye, Amy is a normal young woman with a bright future and a fabulous fiancé, but when Amy's probing husband-to-be suggests that the both parties come clean about their pasts before exchanging rings, the revelation that follows may be more than he's able to handle. Encouraged by her co-worker and mother to speak her peace and put the sexual secret of her past to bed once and for all, Amy's admission to having once participated in an uncharacteristically impulsive sexual encounter throws her wedding plans into chaos and her entire future into question.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Director's commentary; 5.1 Dolby Surround; Previews
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Editorial Reviews

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In 1992, Bobcat Goldthwait made his first movie, Shakes the Clown, doing for clowns what Bad Santa would later do for department store St. Nicks. So it's not surprising that his 2006 follow-up, Sleeping Dogs Lie, was also marketed as an outrageous assault on good taste. After all, its central character fellates a dog less than two minutes into the movie -- quite tastefully, as it turns out. But Goldthwait's got a lot more on his mind than Tom Green-style gross-outs. In fact, it could be argued that comedy isn't even the most appropriate genre for Sleeping Dogs Lie, so genuine are its attempts to understand the consequences -- both real and perceived -- of an impulsive act of bestiality. In spite of the taboo subject matter, this is a sensitive, mature study of a girl-next-door school teacher Melinda Page Hamilton and her complicated family and romantic ties. That's not to say Goldthwait's high-decibel quirkiness makes no appearance -- Amy's over-the-top brother Jack Plotnick, a paint huffer and meth user, seems like a stand-in for the director. And there's plenty of laughter built into the awkwardness of the scenario, which tests the principles of even the most open-minded individuals. But counterbalancing that humor is surprisingly subtle work from Geoff Pierson, the dad from the dismal WB sitcom Unhappily Ever After in which Goldthwait also appeared, who makes Amy's disapproving father more than just a caricature. The real find here is Hamilton, who undoubtedly took a leap of faith on the script, never guessing that it might allow her to truly shine. If there's anything shocking about Sleeping Dogs Lie, it's Goldthwait's message, which defies Hollywood's usual tendency to prize the truth above all else. Sometimes, especially in affairs of the heart, selective dishonesty is the best policy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2007
  • UPC: 687797117540
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Millennium
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 70,914

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Melinda Page Hamilton Amy
Steve Agee Carl
Bryce Johnson , John
Colby French , Ed
Brian Posehn Randy,
Geoffrey Pierson , Dad
Jack Plotnick , Dougie
Bonita Friedericy , Mom
Harvey Alperin Principal
Rebecca Avery Rest Area Mom
Morgan Murphy Linda
Technical Credits
Bobcat Goldthwait Director, Screenwriter
Jerry Brunskill Score Composer
Michael Malone Co-producer
Melanie Mandl Production Designer
Marty Pasetta Jr. Producer
Sarah de Sa Rego Co-producer, Costumes/Costume Designer
Jason Stewart Editor
Ian S. Takahashi Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sleeping Dogs Lie
1. The Secret [6:05]
2. Best Friends [6:24]
3. Arrival [6:38]
4. Good Night [5:40]
5. Faithful Chat [9:20]
6. The Confession [8:24]
7. News Spreads [8:57]
8. Second Confession [8:10]
9. Empty House [11:08]
10. Prison [8:48]
11. The Letter [8:16]
12. End Credits [2:32]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Sleeping Dogs Lie
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
      Audio: English 2.0 Stereo
      Subtitles: English Closed Captions
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Director's Commentary
      Previews
         Sleeping Dogs Lie
         Caffeine
         George and the Dragon
         10 Items or Less
         Mr. Fix It
         Relative Strangers
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