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Straw Dogs (1971)

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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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29 December 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Strawdogs  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,251,794 (estimated)

Gross:

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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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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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

Tom Hedden: John Niles; come to me then.
John Niles: Is this for a drink then, Tom?
Tom Hedden: This is for the truth. Your brother; been hangin' around the girls again. You'd better keep a closer watch or we'll be puttin' him away!
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Referenced in Hitch Hike (1977) See more »

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Cara Nome
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Music by Giuseppe Verdi
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Was the Straw Dogs DVD banned in the UK?
4 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A number of contributors suggest that Straw dogs was banned in the UK. This is a little misleading - I certainly saw it in a cinema soon after it was released (Clockwork Orange was also not refused a certificate - it was withdrawn by Kubrick). Page 61 of the 2002 annual report of the British Board of Film Classification (http://www.bbfc.co.uk/downloads/ files/BBFC_AnnualReport_2002.pdf) points out that the film was passed uncut in 1971 for cinema showings in the UK. A DVD version was refused a certificate in 1999, but the version submitted was one in which cuts had been made for the US market. The cuts were deemed to distort the impact of the rape scene. When an uncut version was submitted with all the rape scene it was passed in full in 2002.


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