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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.

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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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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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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 (Eastmancolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R18+ (2004) | Australia:RC (1997-2004) | Australia:R18+ (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 (certificate #25529) | USA:X (original rating) | USA:Unrated (uncut version) | West Germany:(Banned)
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Trivia:
The film has two unofficial sequels.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 »
Movie Connections:
References The Virgin Spring (1960)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sola Perduta AbandonnatoSee more »

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What are the differences between the British BBFC 18 Version and the Uncut Version? Is the Re-Release Version uncensored?
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121 out of 142 people found the following review useful.
Brutal, 31 December 2005
Author: Gafke from United States

I tried to watch this film once before and made it up to the second rape scene before leaving the room, believing I was seriously about to throw up. I finally forced myself to watch it all the way through recently, and I'm glad I did.

Jennifer Hill is a young, hip, free-spirited woman of the 70s, who leaves her home in New York City for a long vacation in Connecticut, where she plans to write her first novel. Jennifer soon attracts the attention of four lowlife scumbags as she sunbathes in her bikini. The semi-evolved thugs kidnap Jennifer, drag her into the woods, rape her, beat her, sodomize her, beat her some more, follow her home, rape her again, kick her when she's down, make fun of her manuscript, rip it to shreds, rape her with a bottle, beat her up one last time and leave her, bleeding and unconscious on the floor of her vacation home. Damn. They send the retarded Matthew back into the house with a knife and instructions to kill her, but Matthew can't bring himself to do it. He tells the guys that he has killed her, and they stupidly believe him and leave. But Jennifer is alive, and as she heals from her hideous wounds and recovers her strength, she plots revenge against her rapists.

Roger Ebert called this the worst film ever made and feminists damned it to hell for all eternity, but you know what? I'm a woman and I liked it. Jennifer is no weak, whimpering, helpless little victim. She tries her best to fight back. When threats and violence fail to work in her favor, she uses the only other weapon she has: sex. The men are all stereotypical slobs, disgusting pigs who are clearly already emasculated and use Jennifer as an outlet for their frustration and rage. The rapes have nothing to do with sex and are portrayed most realistically - they are ugly, brutal, violent, nasty and completely devoid of eroticism. The sodomy scene was the one scene that horrified me the most, as Jennifer emits the most bloodcurdling scream of pain ever heard. It is very difficult not to flinch from that sound. Jennifer's revenge is every bit as bloody and painful, and nowhere is it more sadistic than in the infamous "bloodbath" scene. These guys all get what's coming to them, and Jennifer makes sure that the punishment fits the crime, turning the men into the helpless, pleading victims and feeding their own sadism right back to them.

Okay, so not all of the plot points make sense, and not everyone is going to agree with Jennifer's decision to kill the men, but it's still a powerful film. It's told primarily from Jennifer's point of view but it never takes sides. It simply tells the story and lets you decide - is Jennifer an insane psycho-killer who ought to go to jail for her crimes, or is she an angel of vengeance delivering poetic justice?

Scaredy cats like me might prefer to watch this film with the audio commentary by Joe Bob Briggs turned on. Joe Bob provides a lot of interesting information about the making of this film, and also supplies some much needed comic relief throughout.

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