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I Spit on Your Grave (1978) More at IMDbPro »Day of the Woman (original title)

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I Spit on Your Grave -- In this cult classic, a New York City writer retires to a secluded cabin in the woods to write her first novel. While there, she is brutally raped by four country boys and left for dead. Surviving the assault, she carefully plots and executes horrific, bloody revenge against her attackers.
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.

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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:
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User Reviews:
Not the piece of trash that it's reputation suggests it to be See more (325 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
Lou Kleinman .... production coordinator
William Kruzykowski .... production coordinator
Alexis Magnotti .... continuity
Alex Pfau .... creative consultant
 

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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:R (original rating) (cut) | Australia:R (2004) (uncut) | Australia:(Banned) (1997-2004) | 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 was submitted to the Motion Picture Association of America several times. It was originally rejected due to violence, though the MPAA didn't specify which violent sections should be trimmed. The film finally passed after Meir Zarchi had removed all references to anal rape.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The bag of groceries that Matthew delivers to Jennifer moves on the meat counter before Matthew picks it up.See more »
Quotes:
Johnny:[to Jennifer after she pulls a gun and tells him to take off his clothes] I don't like women giving me orders.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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77 out of 122 people found the following review useful.
Not the piece of trash that it's reputation suggests it to be, 10 June 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

I Spit on Your Grave is a film that will never be accepted as a serious piece of film-making. This is thanks in part to the gratuitous rape and murder scenes, which don't exactly hold back the shocks; and it's also due to the time in which it was made. These days, as proved by the likes of 'Irreversible', films tackling rape in a shocking and disgusting way are more readily accepted, and even gain a strong reaction from many critics. This film was unfortunately (albeit for good reason) caught up in the 'video nasty debate' in the early eighties, and as such it's reputation has been diminished to such an extent that the likes of Roger Ebert have labelled it 'the worst film ever made' (even though The Blair Witch Project is the worst film ever made) and it's reaction in general tends to be of the bad variety. For some reason, we have found ourselves in a world where it's more than acceptable to give praise to 'A class' rape themed dramas such as Irreversible, but woe betide thee who labels this as a good film. Well, woe betides me then.

For a 'video nasty', I Spit on Your Grave has surprisingly good production values. While the acting often lets it down, the cinematography and even the script are more than decent and this helps the film in it's bid to get the praise it deserves. The story, which follows a New York writer who moves to a backwater part of the USA to work on her new novel, shortly before being horribly raped and beaten, is just a plot device for the more important elements of the plot. The main theme on display seems to be a comment on the male sexual ego and the way that women can have power over them. The film plays out like a revenge thriller, with the protagonist getting her own back on the men who raped her. This disrupts the main argument against this film; namely, that it's misogynistic, as much of the violence in the movie is actually directed against men. Of course, the rape scenes are the main crux of the film; but most of the gore comes later. Don't get me wrong, this is hardly an uplifting feminist drama; but it's not the worst film ever made either. Content caution though; it gets a bit extreme. A certain scene in a bathroom takes the prize for being one of the sickest sequences ever to grace the silver screen.

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Did anyone else feel bad for Matthew? VIolaDJC
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