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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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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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Sometimes a man is forced to defend his honor. 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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Strawdogs  »

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$3,251,794 (estimated)
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Judy Geeson was offered but declined the role of Amy, and an early UK tie-in paperback novelization listed her as starring in the film. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where David is taken duck shooting, he fires his gun into the air at ducks flying overhead. We see ducks flying to the right and straightaway to the left. It is the same film reversed. See more »

Quotes

Reverend Barney Hood: And now for my next trick, the piece de resistance, I present to you an empty glass. I will now fill this glass with milk.
Chris Cawsey: Would it work better with whiskey, Vicar?
Reverend Barney Hood: Nothing works better with whiskey.
Tom Hedden: I do.
Reverend Barney Hood: You've never worked a day in your life, Tom.
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References Lady in a Cage (1964) See more »

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Brandenburg Concerto
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Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
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beauty in the eyes of the revolver
18 January 2004 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

A typical plot that used to define men's basic instinct and values: the protection of family and honor. Yet Sam Peckinpah's little tale holds many folds and the explosion of violence splashes like fresh blood on the characters, alive or not, and us, the innocent viewers. And why us? because we followed, anxious and nervous, the plot as naively as the main character played by Hoffman; we refused to acknowledge situations opting instead for blind optimism ,and we watched in silent trepidation at the first blow ringing like a death toll, the uproar echoing the bell at a boxing game.

An amazing hommage to how futile and traumatic violence can be, and at times so beautiful the fighters simply dance.


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