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Straw Dogs (1971)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 22 December 1971 (USA)
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A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment.

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Upon moving to Britain to get away from American violence, astrophysicist David Sumner and his wife Amy are bullied and taken advantage of by the locals hired to do construction. When David finally takes a stand it escalates quickly into a bloody battle as the locals assault his house. Written by Andrew Hyatt <dres@uiuc.edu>

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$3,251,794 (estimated)
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According to Garner Simmons in his book "Peckinpah: A Portrait In Montage", the initial cinematographer on Straw Dogs was Bryan Probyn, who left the project over creative differences involving the lighting of a sequence; then Arthur Ibbetson was chosen, but soon after left for "religious reasons." The next choice was John Coquillon, who had served as the cinematographer on such low-budget British horror films as The Oblong Box and Scream and Scream Again. Coquillon stayed on the picture, and he would later serve as the cinematographer on three more Peckinpah films: Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid (1973), Cross Of Iron (1977), and The Osterman Weekend (1983) See more »

Goofs

When Amy fires the shotgun at the last attacker both the hammers are in the 'uncocked' position. She would need to pull the hammer of the relevant barrel backwards to cock the gun. See more »

Quotes

David Sumner: You act like you're fourteen years old.
Amy Sumner: I am fourteen years old.
David Sumner: Wanna try for twelve?
Amy Sumner: [Chews gum]
David Sumner: How about eight? I freak out for eight year olds.
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Music by Giuseppe Verdi
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Society in denial
8 November 1999 | by (Watsonville, California) – See all my reviews

In the same year as Clockwork Orange, at the height of the Vietnam War, Peckinpah tried to bring his message into the present. Behind the thin veneer of civilization lies a monster worse than the barbarians of the hill country. By refusing to meet each challenge and take the consequences, the protagonist, like Western Civilization, allows the conflict to escalate to the point where extreme horror appears justified. The inevitable march to the macabre resolution, leaves lots of room for speculation about who the villains are and how much of the world around us is our own doing. This movie, like its Kubrick contemporary, was major ratings controversy because the sex and violence was "disturbing" - unlike the real thing which seems like so much fun on TV.


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