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Straw Dogs (1971)

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A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment.

Director:

Sam Peckinpah

Writers:

David Zelag Goodman (screenplay), Sam Peckinpah (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dustin Hoffman ... David Sumner
Susan George ... Amy
Peter Vaughan ... Tom Hedden
T.P. McKenna ... Maj. John Scott
Del Henney Del Henney ... Charlie Venner
Jim Norton ... Chris Cawsey
Donald Webster Donald Webster ... Riddaway
Ken Hutchison ... Norman Scutt
Len Jones Len Jones ... Bobby Hedden
Sally Thomsett Sally Thomsett ... Janice Hedden
Robert Keegan Robert Keegan ... Harry Ware
Peter Arne ... John Niles
Cherina Schaer Cherina Schaer ... Louise Hood
Colin Welland ... Rev. Barney Hood
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Storyline

Upon moving to Britain to get away from American violence, astrophysicist David Sumner and his wife Amy are bullied and taken advantage of by the locals hired to do construction. When David finally takes a stand it escalates quickly into a bloody battle as the locals assault his house. Written by Andrew Hyatt <dres@uiuc.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Every man dreads the day he might be forced to defend his wife and his home. For David, today is the day. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Strawdogs See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,251,794 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,148,828, 31 December 1983
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)| Black and White (opening credits)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The quote "There's never been a kingdom given to so much bloodshed as that of Christ." mentioned by David (Dustin Hoffman) is probably better rendered as "I can assure you that no kingdom has ever had as many civil wars as the kingdom of Christ." See more »

Goofs

In the scene where David is taken duck shooting, he fires his gun into the air at ducks flying overhead. We see ducks flying to the right and straightaway to the left. It is the same film reversed. See more »

Quotes

David Sumner: Ok, you've had your fun. I'll give you one more chance, and if you don't clear out now, there'll be real trouble. I mean it.
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Alternate Versions

The video version was twice rejected by the British Board of Film Classification in 1999 after the distributors refused to cut forcible stripping and any signs that Susan George was "enjoying" the rape. Video versions were available in Britain before the 1984 law which required all videos to be classified. There were two such releases, one of which was uncut, and one which lost some dialogue due to print damage. As of 1st July 2002, the full version of the film has been passed uncut for video and DVD release by the BBFC. See more »

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Soundtracks

Brandenburg Concerto
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
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User Reviews

 
reacting as an animal to an animal doesn't make you an animal
9 May 2008 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

Somehow this movie reminds me of a scene in "A King in New York" where the king (Charles Chaplin) goes to visit a school and the pupils start throwing pieces of cake at him. At the beginning he tries to act dignified and ignore it, but then he ends up also throwing pieces of cake. Dustin Hoffman is David, a peaceful guy who starts being provoked by the hoodlums he contracted to fix his garage. He does not know their real bad characters so he is caught off guard and his lack of reaction can be attributed to that. He is far from being a coward as the film will show later on. Susan George is his wife Amy who makes a point of being sexy. She starts feeling her husband is a coward and her contradictory feelings during the magnificently made rape scene are an unconscious reaction to that. When the second man shows up to rape her, the humiliation which was already unbearable is multiplied. A similar situation occurs between Niles, the town idiot, and a girl. David gives Niles shelter in his house. The irony of the film is that the hoodlums come to lynch Niles for a crime they just practiced. David answers them on the same level. Did he become an animal like them? Definitely not, the bitter truth is that one does not always choose the weapons he fights with. This is Peckinpah's best film.


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