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Straw Dogs (1971)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 3 November 1971 (UK)
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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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According to Garner Simmons in his book "Peckinpah: A Portrait In Montage", the initial cinematographer was Brian 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 (1969) and Scream and Scream Again (1970). Coquillon stayed on the picture, and he would later serve as the cinematographer on three more Sam Peckinpah films: Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973), Cross of Iron (1977), and The Osterman Weekend (1983). See more »

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As David and Amy Sumner drive up to their house for the first time, the camera crew is reflected in the car's side window. See more »

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Amy Sumner: David, give Niles to them. That's what they want. They just want him. Give them Niles, David!
David Sumner: They'll beat him to death.
Amy Sumner: I don't care! Get him out!
David Sumner: You really don't care, do you?
Amy Sumner: No, I don't.
David Sumner: No. I care. This is where I live. This is me. I will not allow violence against this house.
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Everyone betrays everyone
12 May 2005 | by (St. Petersburg, Florida) – See all my reviews

It is certainly possible to look at STRAW DOGS as nothing more than a simple story of a man defending his house, his animalistic insides unleashed by a group of Cornish hoodlums. On that level alone it is a terrific piece of film-making backed up with highly textured acting from the two principals. But there are layers and layers and layers in this film, and that is what makes it art, and a masterpiece. Peckinpah himself told people that Dustin Hoffman was the heavy, and the movie was a portrait of a bad marriage. Try watching with those two facts in mind, and the film takes on a whole new complexion. The Criterion Collection two-disc set of STRAW DOGS is excellent, from the Peckinpah documentary to interviews with Susan George and the producer, to the audio commentary track. I agree with other reviewers who stressed that Peckinpah wasn't interested in "solving" problems; he wanted us to look at ourselves, and cringe.


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