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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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Every man dreads the day he might be forced to defend his wife and his home. For David, today is the day. 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)  »

Also Known As:

Strawdogs  »

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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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The working titles of this film were Siege at Trencher's Farm, The Siege of Trencher's Farm and The Square Root of Fear. Some contemporary news items referred to the picture as The Straw Dogs or The Strawdogs. 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: Radiation. That's an unfortunate dispensation.
David Sumner: Surely is. Yes, indeed.
Reverend Barney Hood: As long as it's not another bomb.
[beat]
Reverend Barney Hood: You're a scientist - can you deny the responsibility?
David Sumner: Can you?
[beat]
David Sumner: After all, there's never been a kingdom given to so much bloodshed as that of Christ.
Reverend Barney Hood: [beat] That's Montesquieu, isn't it?
David Sumner: Oh, really?
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Connections

Referenced in V.I.P.: Mudslide Val (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No.94
(The "Surprise") (uncredited)
Music by Joseph Haydn
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reacting as an animal to an animal doesn't make you an animal

Somehow this movie reminds me of a scene in "A King in New York" where the king (Charles Chaplin) goes to visit a school and the pupils start throwing pieces of cake at him. At the beginning he tries to act dignified and ignore it, but then he ends up also throwing pieces of cake. Dustin Hoffman is David, a peaceful guy who starts being provoked by the hoodlums he contracted to fix his garage. He does not know their real bad characters so he is caught off guard and his lack of reaction can be attributed to that. He is far from being a coward as the film will show later on. Susan George is his wife Amy who makes a point of being sexy. She starts feeling her husband is a coward and her contradictory feelings during the magnificently made rape scene are an unconscious reaction to that. When the second man shows up to rape her, the humiliation which was already unbearable is multiplied. A similar situation occurs between Niles, the town idiot, and a girl. David gives Niles shelter in his house. The irony of the film is that the hoodlums come to lynch Niles for a crime they just practiced. David answers them on the same level. Did he become an animal like them? Definitely not, the bitter truth is that one does not always choose the weapons he fights with. This is Peckinpah's best film.


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