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      The Sleeping Tiger

      Released Oct 5, 1954 1h 29m Drama List
      Reviews 45% Audience Score 50+ Ratings When brash young thug Frank Clemmons (Dirk Bogarde) attempts to rob psychiatrist Clive Esmond (Alexander Knox), the doctor surprisingly gains the upper hand. Instead of sending Frank to jail, Clive offers to have the criminal stay at his home, where he'll attempt to reform the delinquent via in-depth analysis. Settling into the doctor's house, Clive meets Esmond's wife, Glenda (Alexis Smith), who initially dislikes her coarse guest. When Glenda begins to fall for Frank, intense conflict ensues. Read More Read Less

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      Rob Aldam Backseat Mafia The Sleeping Tiger is a hardboiled thriller which plays with a number of elements around the human condition. Nov 4, 2022 Full Review MFB Critics Monthly Film Bulletin There is a splendour about this film, which has one of the most absurdly extravagant plots on record, and never flinches from it. Mar 2, 2019 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion Brute force collides with the gentility of 1950s British cinema Sep 25, 2009 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Unconvincing and far-fetched psychological drama about lust and redemption. Rated: C+ Dec 25, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member The psychology is dated but this is one of Alexis Smith's best roles and performances. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Dirk Bogarde is the reason to watch this film. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Losey's first Brit production, directed anonymously after his blacklisting stateside. This also prominently features Bogarde, who would later work with Losey in less sensational but more complex roles. Condemned to B movie status in terms of budget and topical subject, this is a fascinatingly self-aware collision of noir technique and tragedy of manners. Malcolm Arnold's score repeats thematically in varying contexts and intensity to provoke sympathy or lurid disgust. There is also an interesting use of sound editing applied to crime and chase scenarios which might be considered as anticipatory of Accident (1967). Alexis Smith gives an emotionally intense performance rivaling Bogarde's sublimated inner conflict with a greater capacity for emotional violence. Losey uses mantelpiece mirrors and framing devices to confine his subjects even as they assure themselves that history is not repeating itself. And despite the tawdry and implausible script, the noir stylings and fine acting here elevate it well above most high budget films of any day. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Well, the first hour of this film was rather exquisite, but the last 25 minutes or so are little short of batshit insane. Dirk Bogarde smoulders his way through the film as the lynchpin of a fairly silly story. If you can accept that a psychologist would allow a criminal into his home so that he can work on him, then the film is utterly fabulous. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member 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) Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member 6.5/10. Dirk Bogarde is such an intense and gifted actor. Alexis Smith gives one of her best performances. Suspenseful, well acted and directed, great score. Very well done. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis When brash young thug Frank Clemmons (Dirk Bogarde) attempts to rob psychiatrist Clive Esmond (Alexander Knox), the doctor surprisingly gains the upper hand. Instead of sending Frank to jail, Clive offers to have the criminal stay at his home, where he'll attempt to reform the delinquent via in-depth analysis. Settling into the doctor's house, Clive meets Esmond's wife, Glenda (Alexis Smith), who initially dislikes her coarse guest. When Glenda begins to fall for Frank, intense conflict ensues.
      Director
      Joseph Losey
      Producer
      Victor Hanbury, Joseph Losey
      Screenwriter
      Maurice Moisiewitsch, Harold Buchman, Carl Foreman
      Distributor
      Astor Pictures Corporation
      Production Co
      Insignia Films
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 5, 1954, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 27, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 29m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
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