A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.
Robert De Niro,
An entomologist searching for insects by the seaside is trapped by local villagers into living with a widow whose life task is digging up sand for them, and eventually develops strong feelings for her.
For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence.
A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.
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
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After Amy tells David to get some lettuce, David notices the addition symbol on his chalk board changed to subtract by Amy earlier on, when he draws it back on, the symbol before it jumps from being an addition to a subtraction symbol. See more »
David, give Niles to them. That's what they want. They just want him. Give them Niles, David!
They'll beat him to death.
I don't care! Get him out!
You really don't care, do you?
No, I don't.
No. I care. This is where I live. This is me. I will not allow violence against this house.
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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I certainly saw it in a cinema soon after it was released (Clockwork Orange was also not refused a certificate - it was withdrawn by Kubrick).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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