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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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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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22 December 1971 (USA)  »

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Strawdogs  »

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Budget:

$3,251,794 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 794,608 (Sweden)
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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)| (opening credits)

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Trivia

The opening pub scene mentions "thirty bob." This sum was, in pre-decimal money, 50% more than a pound. A pound, pre-1971, consisted of 20 shillings. Also, for modern audiences, it would be perhaps helpful to know that UK licensing laws required pubs to close every afternoon between 2.30pm and 6pm - though the precise times were variable, because of various by-laws ,in differing counties and boroughs. See more »

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The men open the mantrap for display then ask where to put it. They are asked to hang it above the fireplace. The guns which were hanging there while they opened the trap have meantime disappeared. See more »

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[singing in a bar]
Tom HeddenCharlie Venner: Now some men goes for women, and some men goes for boys. But My love's warm and beautiful, and makes a baah-ing noise.
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reacting as an animal to an animal doesn't make you an animal
9 May 2008 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Somehow this movie reminds me of a scene in "A King in New York" where the king (Charles Chaplin) goes to visit a school and the pupils start throwing pieces of cake at him. At the beginning he tries to act dignified and ignore it, but then he ends up also throwing pieces of cake. Dustin Hoffman is David, a peaceful guy who starts being provoked by the hoodlums he contracted to fix his garage. He does not know their real bad characters so he is caught off guard and his lack of reaction can be attributed to that. He is far from being a coward as the film will show later on. Susan George is his wife Amy who makes a point of being sexy. She starts feeling her husband is a coward and her contradictory feelings during the magnificently made rape scene are an unconscious reaction to that. When the second man shows up to rape her, the humiliation which was already unbearable is multiplied. A similar situation occurs between Niles, the town idiot, and a girl. David gives Niles shelter in his house. The irony of the film is that the hoodlums come to lynch Niles for a crime they just practiced. David answers them on the same level. Did he become an animal like them? Definitely not, the bitter truth is that one does not always choose the weapons he fights with. This is Peckinpah's best film.


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