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Straw Dogs (1971)

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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In the eyes of every coward burns a straw dog. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong brutal violence including a sexual attack, menace, some sexual content, and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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30 January 1972 (UK)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,251,794 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,148,828, 31 December 1983
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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)| (opening credits)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sam Peckinpah attempted to interest playwright Harold Pinter in working on it before production began, but Pinter, loathing the subject matter, refused. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

David Sumner: Why don't you grow up?
Amy Sumner: I'm trying to!
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Symphony No.94
(The "Surprise") (uncredited)
Music by Joseph Haydn
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Everyone betrays everyone
12 May 2005 | by 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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