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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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I will not allow violence against this house. 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) (16 September 2011)

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$10,324,441 (USA) (7 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 »

Quotes

Norman: See there Mr. Sumner, you ain't the only one with a trophy wife. Only difference is, mine's for third place.
Kristen: [very pregnant] Believe it or not, that's the most romantic thing he's ever said. That and, "You're what?"
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.1 (2011) See more »

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Strong cast - sad remake script
18 September 2011 | by (Taylorsville, KY) – See all my reviews

As a fan of Alexander Skarsgård, I really tried to like the movie - but I just couldn't. If the hushed nature of the theater crowed leaving at the end is any indication - they felt the same way. I feel the cast did well with what they had, but the script was lacking in too many ways. Where the 1971 version had tension and excitement, the 2011 version was often boring and all over the place. I often felt like it was Texas Chainsaw Massacre decided to have a get together with Deliverance and Sweet Home Alabama. The whole thing just felt awkward and thrown together. There were only a handful of scenes where the movie actually had my attention - but they were few and far apart and short lived. There were even moments that were so awkward they were actually uncomfortable. I expected so much more with such a classic movie base and wonderful cast - but ultimately it was disappointing.


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