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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:
Now that the controversy has gone, an interesting, if flawed film remains See more (252 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)
Country:
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)

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Trivia:
Before shooting, Sam Peckinpah instructed Dustin Hoffman and Susan George to live together for two weeks, with screenwriter David Zelag Goodman in tow. Some of their interactions during this period were worked into the film's script.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:
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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Soundtrack:
Brandenburg ConcertoSee more »

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20 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Now that the controversy has gone, an interesting, if flawed film remains, 21 September 2003
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

American scholar David Summer and his wife return to her home village in Cornwall to give him peace and quiet to write his book on astrophysics. However Amy meets up with her old boyfriend and his friends, who offer to carry out repairs on the house for David. He agrees but finds that the locals treat him as an outsider resulting in further pressure on the Summer's already fracturing marriage.

I, like many of the reviews written here by users in the UK, took the opportunity to watch this film when it came on tv for the first time in the UK since it was released. I deliberately taped it and left it for a month or so before watching as I wanted it to be free of the hype and controversy that the network had stirred up with documentaries just before they screened it. Watching it away from all this it is difficult to see what all the fuss was about in some regards. Certainly what is socially acceptable in a film today is far beyond what was passed by censors then.

The plot is a strange mix of relationship drama and western. It is easy to focus on the stand off element of this film and the violence of the second half, but I don't think that that is what the film was about. One user called the first hour or so `a very slow build up', however by saying that, the suggestion is that the film only exists to deliver the concluding part. Rather, I got more from the film as a whole and found the `build up' to be interesting as it showed David's marriage cracking and crumpling, slowing exposing the issues and frustrations that exist just below the surface in their relationship. The fact that the action at the end of the film is relating to the underlying frustration Amy had with her husband's inability to `take a stand', indicates that this is the focus of the film.

Regardless of this, it still isn't a fantastic film. It is very slow at times and not all of it has been as well developed as hoped. Cornish locals are all mistrusting inbred hicks who are shifty says the film, which may or may not be true but it would have been better to have a better mix of local characters. The rape scene itself is difficult because for part of it Amy submits and appears to be enjoying and consenting, before others get involved and it becomes full violent rape. Questions over other issues suggests that the film maybe lingers to long on disturbing scenes but the fact that the film also shows the aftermath of the rape is to it's credit.

Due to the stereotyping, not all the actors get a chance to do good work. Hoffman is OK but I found his character difficult to get into. George is not as well developed as I would have hoped but is improved after her ordeal. The support cast of locals are not allowed to go much further than `get off me land' cliché and give lesser performances as a result.

Overall this was an interesting film as it all seems to be focused on the couple's marriage rather than the detail of who is being sheltered in what house etc. Taken on this level it is still far from perfect. The only thing I'm sure of is that anyone drawn to the film simply because of the hype in the press will probably miss the point altogether.

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