The Innocent Sleep (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Innocent Sleep (1996)





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In this suspense drama, Alan Terry (Rupert Graves) is a homeless man who wanders the streets of London. One night, Alan is trying to sleep near a bridge when he witnesses a strange and grisly murder; a man, speaking Italian, is hanged by four other men, one also speaking Italian while the other three have British accents. When Alan's presence is discovered by the killers, they give chase, and Alan is barely able to escape. However, the following day the papers report the death as a suicide; on the advice of his friend George (Graham Crowden), Alan goes to the police to tell what he saw. However, when Alan is introduced to Detective Matheson (Michael Gambon), the man investigating the case, he realizes that Matheson was one of the men who helped hang the victim. Assuming that Matheson would not be a good person with whom to discuss the case, Alan instead goes to Billie Hayman (Annabella Sciorra), an American journalist working in London who is able to bring Alan's side of the story to the people; Alan and Billie soon discover that this murder is far more complicated, and with more disturbing implications than they ever could have imagined. Though fictional, The Innocent Sleep was inspired by the true story of the death of Roberto Calvi, an Italian banker who was murdered in London in 1982.


Rupert Graves
as Alan Terry
Annabella Sciorra
as Billie Hayman
Michael Gambon
as Det. Inspector Matheson
Franco Nero
as Adolfo Cavani
Hilary Crowson
as Sheila Terry
Sean Gilder
as Police Constable
Brian Lipson
as Police Sergeant
Struan Rodger
as Peter Samson
Kieran Smith
as Newspaper Vendor
Chris Jury
as News Photographer
Laura Berkeley
as Glamorous Blonde
Crispin Redman
as Simon CID
Lehla Eldridge
as Morgue Attendant
Straun Rodger
as Peter Samson
Ken Ratcliffe
as Stephens
Carmen DeVenere
as Cavani's Aid
Paul Gregory
as Newsreader
Susan Gilmore
as New Programme Presenter
Peter Cartwright
as Gerald Philips
Julian Rivett
as Bike Courier
Hilary Waters
as Journalist
Riz Abbasi
as Journalist
James Peck
as Journalist
Peter Howell
as Sir Frank
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Critic Reviews for The Innocent Sleep

All Critics (3)

Though the narrative falters by the third act, the tight pace and gorgeous bluish tinted photography by Dunlop keeps it all watchable.

May 5, 2004 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Gripping tale of international conspiracy and murder.

August 28, 2002 | Full Review…

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