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Straw Dogs (2011)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  16 September 2011 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Burke
Daniel Niles
Coach Milkens
Megan Adelle ...
Jessica Dockrey ...
Helen (as Jessica Cook)


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Perros de paja  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$10,324,441 (USA) (7 October 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The famous quote "I will not allow violence against this house" is not in the version shown in theaters. See more »


The two registration stickers on David's Jaguar E-Type's rear California license plate at first appear on the bottom corners of the plate (which is in itself a goof) but in later shots appear on the upper corners as is correct for California license plates. See more »


Amy Sumner: Those straw dogs were practically licking my body outside, so...
David Sumner: I applaud their good taste.
Amy Sumner: It's not funny.
David Sumner: We'll, maybe you should wear a bra.
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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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