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I Spit on Your Grave -- An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.

Overview

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Director:
Writer:
Meir Zarchi (written by)
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Release Date:
22 November 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
After it was all over... she waited... then she struck back in a way only a woman can! See more »
Plot:
An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Widely misunderstood. See more (322 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Camille Keaton ... Jennifer
Eron Tabor ... Johnny
Richard Pace ... Matthew
Anthony Nichols ... Stanley
Gunter Kleemann ... Andy
Alexis Magnotti ... Attendant's Wife
Tammy Zarchi ... Child

Terry Zarchi ... Child
Traci Ferrante ... Waitress
William Tasgal ... Porter (as Bill Tasgal)
Isaac Agami ... Butcher (as Isac Agami)
Ronit Haviv ... Supermarket Girl

Directed by
Meir Zarchi 
 
Writing credits
Meir Zarchi (written by)

Produced by
Meir Zarchi .... producer
Joseph Zbeda .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Nouri Haviv (director of photography) (as Yuri Haviv)
 
Film Editing by
Meir Zarchi 
 
Makeup Department
Armine Minassian .... makeup artist
Joan Puma .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Michael Penland .... post-production supervisor
David Schanker .... post-production supervisor
William Tasgal .... production manager (as Bill Tasgal)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Penland .... first assistant director
Beriau Picard .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Michel Carton .... sound mixer
Alex Pfau .... sound effects editor
Steven Sklar .... location sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Beriau Picard .... special effects
William Tasgal .... special effects (as Bill Tasgal)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John De Ruyter .... grip
Andre Givolinsky .... grip
Josh Karan .... gaffer
George Liebert .... grip
Louis McMahon .... camera operator
Steve Miller .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
Jim Ettorre .... assistant editor
Sol Fischler .... assistant editor
Ray Karticki .... assistant editor
Pamela Yates .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Andrew P. Kirkham .... dvd & bluray producer [gb]
Lou Kleinman .... production coordinator
William Kruzykowski .... production coordinator
Alexis Magnotti .... continuity
Alex Pfau .... creative consultant
Joseph Zbeda .... presenter
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Day of the Woman" - USA (original title)
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Runtime:
101 min | Argentina:95 min | UK:93 min (DVD version)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R18+ (re-rating) (2004) | Australia:RC (re-rating) (1997-2004) | Australia:R18+ (original rating) (1982-1997) | Canada:14A (Alberta) | Canada:R (Manitoba) | Canada:(Banned) (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:(Banned) (Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) (video rating) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (1998) | China:(Banned) | Finland:K-18 (2006) | Finland:(Banned) (cut) (1980) | France:16 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:(Banned) | Iceland:(Banned) | Ireland:(Banned) (2002) | Italy:VM18 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:(Banned) (original rating) | New Zealand:R18 (re-rating) (2004) | Norway:15 (uncut) (2006) | Norway:(Banned) (video version) (1982) | Peru:18 | Philippines:(Banned) | Singapore:(Banned) | South Korea:18 (DVD rating: 2002) (uncut) | South Korea:18 (heavily cut) | Sweden:15 (uncut) (2006) | Thailand:(Banned) | UK:18 (heavily cut) | UK:(Banned) (1984-2001) | USA:R (edited for re-rating) | USA:X (original rating) | USA:Unrated (uncut video version) | West Germany:(Banned)
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Trivia:
The film has no soundtrack. Meir Zarchi intended to add some music, but couldn't find anything suitable. The only music in the film is the church organ, a snatch of a Giacomo Puccini record, background music in the store, and a few stray riffs from Johnny's harmonica.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Jennifer begins writing her story, she says in her mind "Chapter 8", but types Chapter 9.See more »
Quotes:
Johnny:[screaming in pain after being castrated by Jennifer] AW, JESUS! JUST TAKE A LOOK OF WHAT YOU'VE DONE TO ME! OH, GOD! OH! *OH, GO-O-O-O-D!*
[continues screaming and crying in agony as Jennifer walks out of the bathroom and locks the door]
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Blood Angel II (2005) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sola Perduta AbandonnatoSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the British BBFC 18 Version and the Uncut Version? Is the Re-Release Version uncensored?
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36 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Widely misunderstood., 15 January 2002
Author: Moshing Hoods from Peterborough, UK

Of all the films that were implicated in the absurd and sickening tabloid-fueled "video nasties" witch-hunt in the UK, some were demonised more than others. I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE joins a select few as being one of THE films cited for causing the most problems at the time. Certainly, the title and advertising campaign (in classic exploitation fashion) was garish and contentious, but unlike some other films that suffered the same fate (such as SS EXPERIMENT CAMP), Zarchi's film is extremely powerful and disturbing... not to mention widely misinterpreted.

I've read a large number of reviews of this film. A worryingly high percentage of them accuse this movie of somehow advocating rape, and being sexist and demeaning. That is the last thought that crosses my mind whilst watching this. The whole "rape/revenge" genre is one that is fraught with moral contradictions. In essence, films of this type ARE exploiting the subject of rape (and sadly, often presenting it in a sexually ambiguous way) but does this mean that they are not able to condemn the subject matter, or offer a powerful criticism of the behaviour of many men towards women? The same school of argument is used against critical film-making like CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST- can a film truly condemn what it exploits? I believe so, and I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE is a triumphant example of this, putting forward more powerful a message about violence of rape and the attitudes of some men towards it than any other movie I care to mention. However, it goes even deeper than this in this particular case. Zarchi doesn't praise the rapists- nor does he condemn them. Similarly he offers no moral judgment on the revenge that is carried out by the female protagonist. I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE offers a truly subjective message in that it presents gritty reality and leaves the viewer to make up their mind on the matter.

Much is made of the fact that the rape scenes last for around forty minutes. It seems that a lot of critics think that by proxy, long scenes of violence equal pure exploitation. In this case, this is far from the truth. The scenes are horrific, grueling and ugly. There is no kind of glorification of rape here. The scenes are shot practically real-time which brings home the gritty and sickening nature of what is being displayed. Furthermore, a lot of the scenes are shot from the victim's perspective. The revolting sight of sweating, grunting men is absolutely anti-sexual and anti-erotic, which is of course EXACTLY what it should be in this context! Rape has little to do with sex, and a great deal more to do with violence and power. This is expressed superbly in the sequences in this film. Sanitising the scenes that are supposedly "exploitative" would trivialise the very serious issues at hand.

The men presented in I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE are nothing to emulate. Nothing is even said about the backgrounds of their characters- they are totally faceless within the context of the film (other than one long shot later on which shows one of the men with his family- merely proving him to be a liar and cheat as well as a rapist). The point here is that they don't even NEED character building- they represent the threat and actuality of sexual violence that women face every day. The final and most telling twist is that these men are then so gullible and arrogant that they could be seduced and murdered by the person they had attacked. If Ebert and all his sniveling comrades are really right about this film "promoting sexual violence", they must see something appealing in the behaviour of these men.

Despite what you might read elsewhere, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE is a tightly constructed and well crafted piece of film-making containing some powerfully symbolic imagery. Scenes such as Keaton sitting broken and alone in her house after her attacks or her swimming costume limply floating in the river are extremely effective. There is also practically no music in the entire film. The viewer can almost feel the sense of isolation at every stage of the story- initially it is liberating but it quickly becomes frightening as events unfold. The simple cinematography reflects the isolated feel of the locations that frame this film.

Many horror films can be fairly accused of being misogynistic. I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE takes these concepts of misogyny and totally turns them around. This film is EMPOWERING, and whilst it does have the cynical production of an exploitation feature, Zarchi took this and created a powerful, bitter and dynamic story with many issues being explored therein. It's great. Check it out if you haven't already, and if you've watched it before with the wrong approach to it, I demand you have another look. This is one of the pinnacles of the genre but sadly it is (in)famous for all the wrong reasons.

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