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David Zelag Goodman (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
22 December 1971 (USA) See more »
The knock at the door meant the birth of one man and the death of seven others! See more »
A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
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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
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)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Strawdogs" - USA (review title)
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113 min | 118 min (uncut)
Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited) | Black and White (opening credits)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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?

The opening pub scene mentions "thirty bob." This sum was, in pre-decimal money, 50% more than a pound. A pound, pre-1971, consisted of 20 shillings. Also, for modern audiences, it would be perhaps helpful to know that UK licensing laws required pubs to close every afternoon between 2.30pm and 6pm - though the precise times were variable, because of various by-laws ,in differing counties and boroughs.See more »
Continuity: In the scene where David is going to confront the villagers about the cat, he lets in 4 men but when they gather in the living room, there is only three villagers.See more »
David Sumner:You act like you're fourteen years old.
Amy Sumner:I am fourteen years old.
David Sumner:Wanna try for twelve?
Amy Sumner:[Chews gum]
David Sumner:How about eight? I freak out for eight year olds.
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131 out of 180 people found the following review useful.
Could they show this in 1971?, 14 July 1999
Author: Magnum-9 from North Carolina, USA

So you think movies are violent today, huh? Think again. Sam Peckinpah's highly charged, extremely intense, brutally violent 1971 pic is an underrated masterpiece, in my opinion, that redefined cinema violence forever (as if "The Wild Bunch" wasn't enough). It is one of the best directed, most fluidly edited pictures that I've seen in recent years. Today's films don't even come close.

Allegedly banned in the U.K. to this very day, "Straw Dogs" came to me out of nowhere. I had heard good things about it, but never really caught onto it, until one day when I was at a video store browsing around for no apparent reason. I had absolutely no money and wasn't planning to buy anything when all of the sudden, I saw it . . .


I had never even seen the movie and I wanted to buy it! I mean, hey, it WAS the last one left.

So I took a huge risk, got a loan from my mother, used all the two-dollar bills I had been saving to pay her back, and bought it right out. And then, I viewed it later on that night, praying I hadn't wasted my time. AND: I was floored. The film literally knocked me out, kept me peeled to the screen at every instant, left me disturbed for days to come. I mean, let me tell you, go out and rent this, buy this, anything, just see it! Although it is moderately paced, the film remains intense the whole way, and takes an unexpected turn into extreme violence towards the legendary ending, a showdown worthy of multiple viewings (watch "Fear" to see an amateur retread).

So it goes like this: Hoffman plays a wimpy mathematician who flees with his wife George to the peaceful countryside (to get away from violence!), only to be ravaged by the locals who just wanna start trouble. It is the ultimate test of manhood, showing us (in a somewhat biased manner) that it takes aggression to get what you want and keep what you have. You'll be amazed at Hoffman's "transformation" (we all know deep down that EVERYONE'S got it in them somewhere), but it makes you think, especially when Hoffman has to defend his home from several large armed men WITHOUT USING ANY WEAPONS, only his brains and some household appliances.

I'm surprised that this is such a forgotten film. There aren't enough people who can actually claim to have seen this picture or even know what it's about. I find that hard to ingest, being that it was one of the most controversial films of its day. But it IS very brutal, especially the once trimmed rape scene, restored on my copy, a scene that I find to be the most intense. However, today's moviegoers may not agree.

So see "Straw Dogs," the movie that single-handedly turned me into a Peckinpah fan. The editing is Oscar-worthy, the acting is magnificent, the situations are well thought out, and the characters are fleshed to the bone (sometimes literally). I promise you won't leave disappointed.

#5 on my Top 200 List, **** outta **** on my personal scale.

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