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Director:
Writers:
David Zelag Goodman (screenplay) and
Sam Peckinpah (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
22 December 1971 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The knock at the door meant the birth of one man and the death of seven others! See more »
Plot:
A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Fantastic thriller that holds its own after 30 years See more (255 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Sam Peckinpah 
 
Writing credits
David Zelag Goodman (screenplay) and
Sam Peckinpah (screenplay)

Gordon Williams (novel "The Siege of Trencher's Farm") (as Gordon M. Williams)

Produced by
Daniel Melnick .... producer
James Swann .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Fielding 
 
Cinematography by
John Coquillon (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Paul Davies 
Tony Lawson 
Roger Spottiswoode 
 
Casting by
Miriam Brickman 
 
Production Design by
Ray Simm 
 
Art Direction by
Ken Bridgeman 
 
Makeup Department
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Bobbie Smith .... hairdresser
Peter Frampton .... makeup assistant (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Derek Kavanagh .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terry Marcel .... assistant director
Nick Farnes .... assistant director (uncredited)
Michael Murray .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Gary White .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Peter James .... set dresser
Julia Trevelyan Oman .... production design consultant
 
Sound Department
John Bramall .... sound recordist
Garth Craven .... sound editor
Michael Ellis .... sound dialogue editor (uncredited)
Norman Savage .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John Richardson .... special effects
Peter Hutchinson .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Anthony Goldschmidt .... title designer
 
Stunts
Bill Cornelius .... stunt coordinator
Peter Brayham .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Dunne .... stunts (uncredited)
Sue Longhurst .... stunt double: Susan George (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Herbert Smith .... camera operator
Maurice Arnold .... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
John Jay .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tiny Nicholls .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Robert L. Wolfe .... editorial consultant (as Robert Wolfe)
 
Music Department
Jerry Fielding .... conductor (uncredited)
Lennie Niehaus .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Pamela Davies .... continuity
Katherine Haber .... dialogue director (as Katy Haber)
George Davis .... production accountant (uncredited)
Brian Doyle .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Susan Shaw .... body double: Susan George (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Strawdogs" - USA (review title)
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Runtime:
113 min | 118 min (uncut)
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Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited) | Black and White (opening credits)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R (original rating) | Australia:MA (DVD re-rating) (2004) | Brazil:18 | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1981) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1971) | France:-16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2007) | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) | Japan:R-15 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (tv rating) | UK:18 (video re-rating) (2002) (uncut) | UK:(Banned) (video rating) (1999) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1995) | USA:Unrated | USA:R (cut) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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:I'll have an answer, or I'll have blood!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Brandenburg ConcertoSee more »

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39 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic thriller that holds its own after 30 years, 24 May 2003
Author: FilmOtaku (ssampon@hotmail.com) from Milwaukee, WI

Straw Dogs is an intense thriller that shows what can happen when you push even the most mild mannered man too far. Dustin Hoffman plays a mathematician who temporarily moves to a house in a rural village in England with his wife, a former resident of the town, played by Susan George. The two withstand incessant needling from several of the townsfolk until George is raped and assaulted and Hoffman is pushed over the edge.

Incidentally, right after watching this film I found a documentary on cable about filmmakers from the late '60s to late '70s and one of the directors profiled was Sam Peckinpah. I had always considered his films to be violent and vaguely shocking, which never surprised me, knowing that he was a hard-living maverick who did things his way - an element that is resplendent in most of his films. A brief mention of Straw Dogs was included in this documentary, where they described it as a "sexist film". There are obvious scenes in the film that could support this criticism, but I think that is overanalyzing the film with a political correctness that is out of place. While the two female characters are both victimized, Susan George also has her moments of empowerment. I may be a female, but I don't consider Peckinpah's tendency to make testosterone-driven films any more sexist than anything that Tarantino puts out, and I'm a big fan of his work as well. It's a dangerous line to draw when one labels a film due to what is *not* included in a film.

What this film does contain is much more stellar - Hoffman is beyond incredible in this film. His character development is amazing to experience. One criticism of the film that I heard from a friend who saw it before me was that it "dragged." I couldn't disagree more. The development of the story until the extremely violent climax is a perfect pace because it made me feel like I was sitting in a dentist chair, knowing that this low boil could explode at any time. After the dust settles, the viewer is left to decide whether Hoffman's character made the right decision, and left to speculate on the ramifications of the choices made. This is by far one of the best films I've seen in recent months and plan to seek out the newly released Criterion edition in my quest to find out as much about this film as I can.

--Shelly

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