Where Sleeping Dogs Lie

4.51 h 43 min1993R
A murder mystery writer misreads the nervous man he bullies in a spooky Hollywood mansion.
Charles Finch
Sharon SToneDylan McDermottTom Sizemore
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Charles FinchRon KarabatsosBrett CullenMary WoronovDanitz Kingsley
Mario SotelaCharles Finch
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BoonefrankReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Worth the viewing. It's an unusual murder mystery with good acting and music.
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The description of this movie is very brief.. same as on Wikipedia too. There's so much more to it than what the short synopsis describes here. Okay, Dylan McDermott is a writer down on his luck, out of money, and cannot get a break it seems in terms of any publisher giving this guy a chance. Mostly because of the fact his stories are not ones with happy endings - these producers want happy stories that sell. Not downers that bomb out and make nothing money-wise.

So this dude gets evicted, cannot get a break for a book, is out on the streets and desperate.

He finds a key in his possession that is a key to some weird old house in LA - honestly I can't remember how he got the key. Kinda dreamlike in that regard. Who cares, he got a key to this old place and knows he's got a cozy spot to crash for a little while.

Next thing ya know, 'ol Tom Sizemore (looking young.. all that hard living really messed him up) is knocking on the front door, asking Dylan if he's got any extra rooms for rent in this big old house he's staying in. He says sure, why not - and get's Tom to give him $350 a month. Smart hustling right there.

Well, after that I can say very little really happens. I mean, there's Tom waking Dylan up when making breakfast and the tea kettle boiling over. Dylan got pretty upset at him for that. Hmmmm.. what else happens?
Oh yeah! Sharon Stone is in it. She's kindof a useless extra outside of the fact she's yet another publisher/producer that Dylan tries to get work through. She tells him all his ideas suck pretty much and he's beyond frustrated. She then says the book needs blood.. uhhh okay?

So there's Dylan, rummaging around in this big old house that he's squatting in and he finds a bunch of blood smears all over the wall in the basement. So sure enough he gets inspired to write some decent stuff for once.

He titles his book: Diary of a Murderer.

Sharon seems pretty thrilled albeit his admittance that it's fictional - so there he is writing away and Tom Sizemore helps him write the book.

Ultimately in the end, nothing really happens. But lemme tell ya, this movie is still pretty entertaining.

It's an unusual murder mystery and great for a rainy Sunday afternoon or if you're sobering up like I am over here. Wish me luck.

Excellent movie, with a young and youthful Tom Sizemore - worth the admission alone. But Dyland McDermott is always a pleasure to watch. His first movie was Hamburger Hill... he's been so incredibly talented right from the get-go! I hope he wins an oscar for best actor someday before he's gone. What a cool dude - he quit drinking in 1984. That's why he's so youthful.

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy this movie and if not, my apologies for recommending it to some degree to you. Take care & all the best.
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J SmithReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2005
3.0 out of 5 stars
Sizemore Steals It
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I think Tom Sizemore holds the pinnacle of this flick. I have seen him in other films, but he is my new favourite actor because of his performance in this movie. He embodies this man Eddie. I've seen better from Dylan McDermott, and I probably shouldn't even comment on Sharon Stone's 'acting' (you know, that character she does for e v e r y - s i n g l e - o n e of her roles . . . herself, yawn). Anyway, I was very drawn into the movie to watch more of Sizemore's acting.
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katladyReviewed in the United States on June 19, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Love this movie. Have had it on vhs for years, decided to upgrade to DVD. Just a creepy, very well acted film.
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Michelle BriggsReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Where sleeping dogs
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It was a really intense pyschological thriller. I loved the movie when I first viewed it years ago. My viewpiont has not changed. I love the movie
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Adam G. GallaspyReviewed in the United States on January 22, 2014
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Five Stars
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tomskieReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Where sleeping dogs lie
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Incredible movie. Tom Sizemore should have received an Oscar for his performance. The complete cast was great. Too bad they didn't collaborate on another film.
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Michael ButtsReviewed in the United States on June 26, 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars
What a shame to have two excellent performances wasted on a script that doesn't go anywhere. Dylan McDermott gives an excellent performance as a writer who isn't going anywhere. Fate decrees he's to "live" in a house he's supposed to be selling, a house which was the scene of a brutal mass murder. Enter Tom Sizemore, equally impressive, as a strange, neurotic young man who claims to be the manager of a local grocery store. McDermott and Sizemore strike up a tenuous relationship, and as the movie unfolds, we're expecting some startling revelations...which never come to fruition. Is Sizemore the killer? Or is he just a lonely man looking for companionship? Add an icily cold performance by a young Sharon Stone as McDermott's bitchy editor and you have the ingredients for a tidy little thriller. But no souffle here folks. All the ingredients don't come together and you're left wondering just what you've spent 90 minutes with.
Recommended only for the two male performances.
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LaurenReviewed in the United States on August 25, 2012
1.0 out of 5 stars
What was i thinking?
Another movie i recently saw for the first time and let me just say IT SUCKS! was a total waste of time and lame, but i'm going to be honest here, i only saw it because of senor mcdermott and i'll also admit that i almost lost it when i saw the scene of him wet and fresh out of the shower and wearing nothing but a towel wrapped around his waist,(that scene was hot). ladies, if you want to see this flick, see it if you want to look at and drool over senor mcdermott. other than that, don't bother and waste your time with this unmenagated crap.
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