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L.A. screenwriter David Sumner relocates with his wife to her hometown in the deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both.

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Screenwriter David Sumner travels with his wife Amy in his Jaguar to her homeland Blackwater, in the Mississippi. Amy's father has passed away and David intends to write his screenplay about Stalingrad in the house. David hires the contractor Charlie and his team to repair the roof of the Barn. Amy was the sweetheart of Charlie when she lived there and neither him nor his crew show respect to her. Charlie invites David to hunt deers with his group and him but they leave David alone in the woods and rape Amy. She does not tell to David what happened but when the drunken coach Tom Heddon calls Charlie and his friends to hunt down the slow Jeremy Niles that likes his daughter, David decides to protect not only Jeremy, but also Amy and his honor. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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We take care of our own. See more »

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Rated R for strong brutal violence including a sexual attack, menace, some sexual content, and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,123,760 (USA) (16 September 2011)

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$10,324,441 (USA) (7 October 2011)
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The film, a remake of the controversially violent 1971 movie, is considered fairly faithful to Sam Peckinpah's original, though the location has been moved from Cornwall, England to the U.S. Mississippi Gulf Coast, and the hero's profession has been changed from mathematician to screenwriter. See more »

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When David finds the dead cat in the closet he turns off the light and closes the closet door. A moment later when Amy opens the closet door the light is on. See more »

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Charlie: You don't think God had anything to do helping the Ruskies?
David Sumner: God?
Charlie: Yeah.
David Sumner: U-u-h...
[chuckles]
Charlie: Why is that funny?
David Sumner: That God would help a nation of atheists?
Charlie: He works in mysterious ways.
David Sumner: Most dangerous line ever uttered.
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Referenced in The Dynamics of Power (2011) See more »

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Written by Otis Blackwell
Performed by Wanda Jackson
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Dull, unnecessary remake
23 June 2011 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Sam Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs" remains a most disturbing, morally ambiguous confrontation between the brute code of uneducated farmboys with the complex attempts at rationalization by a sophisticated, neurotic, hyper-educated urban college professor attempting to escape the responsibilities of living in an increasingly complex world. It is also a magnificently constructed motion picture, elegantly photographed, brilliantly edited, hauntingly scored, with powerhouse performances from every actor.

This wholly unnecessary remake on the other hand is amateurish swill - banal photography, drama-class acting (and why not? all the characters have been reduced to caricature), and soap-opera rewriting. It's basically a television movie with some sex and violence thrown in for the fan-boy crowd. It's even got the requisite car-chases, and supposedly pointed dialog about adultery and motivations, blah blah blah.

Graceless, visually dull, with no sympathetic characters, but a lotta boom! crash! foe those who think loud noises and pyrotechnics make up for lack of intelligence and imagination.


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