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I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

Day of the Woman (original title)
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An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.

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Director: Meir Zarchi
Stars: Jamie Bernadette, Maria Olsen, Camille Keaton
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Storyline

The film follows Jennifer, a writer who is working on a new novel and needs to get out of the city to finish it. She rents a riverside cabin in upstate New York to work on her novel, attracting the attention of a number of rowdy male locals. They catch Jennifer one day and strip her naked for the village idiot (Matthew) and rape her. Jennifer is later attacked and raped a further two times by the four degenerates, and her novel is also destroyed. But Jennifer recovers, and in her now-twisted, psychotic state, she begins to seek revenge on the men. Written by Craig Johnson <sis1488@osiris.sis.port.ac.uk>

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This woman has just cut, chopped, broken and burned four men beyond recognition... but no jury in America would ever convict her! I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE ... an act of revenge (US 1983 re-release) See more »

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$650,000 (estimated)
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Some of the films that influenced Meir Zarchi were Michael Winner's Death Wish (1974), Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring (1960) and Henry King's The Bravados (1958). See more »

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Johnny tosses Jennifer's swimsuit to his left, but in a jump cut it switches to his right. See more »

Quotes

Matthew: Wielding a knife to attempt to kill Jennifer a second time I HATE you! You've brought nothing but BAD luck with you!
Matthew: I have no friends because of you!
Jennifer Hills: calmly What about me, Matthew? We were going to be friends. Remember?
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Sola Perduta Abandonnato
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That's what I like in a woman - total submission.
4 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a hard flick to watch. When it was shown in theaters, people walked out after seeing certain scenes. Rape and castration are not everyone's cup of tea.

Revenge flicks are hot right now with The Brave One and Death Sentence. Of course, there is the Death Wish series that defined the genre. I originally saw this film after it came out on VHS. I've seen it many times, but that is a long story. I decided to revisit it after not seeing it for 17 years.

The rape scenes are brutal, especially the one on the rock. The revenge scenes are also harsh, but satisfying in a vengeance sort of way.

Arkansas native Camille Keaton, who is a grand-niece of Buster Keaton, gives a stirring performance as the victim. She even won a Best Actress award at the Catalonian International Film Festival. The rest of the cast only have this one film in their resume.


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