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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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29 December 1971 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$3,251,794 (estimated)

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SEK 794,608 (Sweden)
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Tom Hedden's family were originally given roles in the film, but they were either cut or never filmed. June Brown was cast as Hedden's wife, together with Chloe Franks as their daughter Emma, and a scene was scripted featuring both in their home doing laundry with Susan George. However, although the scene was included, it was never filmed. Michael Mundell was originally cast as Cawsey the rat-catcher but was later switched to the role of Bertie Hedden in a scene featuring the village children. However, this entire scripted role was also never filmed because the scene was canceled due to time and budget constraints. 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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[last lines]
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"I don't know my way home. " - Henry Niles
1 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I didn't know quite what to think after viewing Sam Peckinpah's controversial-for-the-day suspense drama 'Straw Dogs'. I kind of liked it, but I was very confused by it. The film starts off a real bore, and then gets a tad interesting about half an hour into it. At the one hour mark it gets consistently entertaining, and the final half-hour of the film is non-stop suspense and thrills. The film is really dull when the first half, and wildly entertaining the second half. Dustin Hoffman gives an astonishing performance as to be expected as the poor Math geek who decides he's not gonna take sh*t from no one anymore, and Susan George is very so-so in her role (she's topless in the film, so that's a plus for all you hound dogs out there). The movie is very brutal and violent in it's final thirty minutes and it contains a very strange and disturbing semi-mutual rape scene towards the middle. This isn't really a film for the weak-stomached, like a lot films of this genre. Sam Peckinpah does a fine job directing, but the screenplay has some major pacing problems and doesn't follow through on a lot of things. I didn't have a clue what to make of the abrupt and confusing ending the film had. I felt it was trying to put across a message, but I have no idea what that message was. In conclusion, 'Straw Dogs' is well worth watching just to see that exhilarating final thirty minutes and to see a very young Dustin Hoffman. Grade: B-


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