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Straw Dogs (2011)

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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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Everyone Has a Breaking Point See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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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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16 September 2011 (USA)  »

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Perros de paja  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,123,760 (USA) (18 September 2011)

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$10,324,441 (USA) (9 October 2011)
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The book that David has next to him on the kitchen table when he is working early in the movie is 'Stalingrad' by Anthony Beevor. See more »

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When Amy gets back from jogging, the amount of and position of the sweat on her top changes numerous times from scene to scene. See more »

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[last lines]
David Sumner: I got 'em all.
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Referenced in The Dynamics of Power (2011) See more »

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Für Elise
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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23 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An embarrassing attempted 'remake' of a great piece of film making, by a cast and crew who evidently have no idea what the original was all about.

Peckinpah's original raised questions - you left the theater feeling awkward, self-conscious, asking the same question the lead character was asking himself - 'how do I find my way home now?' This pseudo-remake leaves you wondering, "Is it over yet? Why did I waste money on this? Won't this be show up on DVD soon?"

Because that's all it is, a poorly made routine B movie - part domestic melodrama, part crime shocker, aimed at the DVD market.

Wholly forgettable, with blasé cinematography, second rate photography

  • utterly forgetful.


See the original - a strange, uncomfortable and difficult but insightful film that holds its own after 4 decades.


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