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Straw Dogs (1971)

R  |   |  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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Every man dreads the day he might be forced to defend his wife and his home. For David, today is the day. See more »

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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)

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SEK 794,608 (Sweden)
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1.85 : 1
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Sam Peckinpah wanted Richard Harris or Peter O'Toole for the role of Charlie Vennor and the DVD contains an extract from his original letter to Harris. See more »

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In the scene where David is going to confront the villagers about the cat, he lets in 4 men but when they gather in the living room, there is only three villagers. See more »

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David Sumner: [after listening to Amy calling the cat] Kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, shit!
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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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