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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... David Sumner
... Amy
... Tom Hedden
... Maj. John Scott
Del Henney ... Charlie Venner
... Chris Cawsey
Donald Webster ... Riddaway
... Norman Scutt
Len Jones ... Bobby Hedden
Sally Thomsett ... Janice Hedden
Robert Keegan ... Harry Ware
... John Niles
Cherina Schaer ... Louise Hood
... Rev. Barney Hood
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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>

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BANNED for 18 years...Now unleashed, UNCUT! (UK DVD release) See more »

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Crime | 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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30 January 1972 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Strawdogs  »

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Budget:

$3,251,794 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,148,828, 31 December 1983
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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)| (opening credits)

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1.85 : 1
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David H. Melnick, Sam Peckinpah, David Zelag Goodman, ABC Pictures Corp. head Martin Baum and Dustin Hoffman all collaborated on the screenplay at various points, See more »

Goofs

When Amy fires the shotgun at the last attacker both the hammers are in the 'uncocked' position. She would need to pull the hammer of the relevant barrel backwards to cock the gun. See more »

Quotes

[singing in a bar]
Tom HeddenCharlie Venner: Now some men goes for women, and some men goes for boys. But My love's warm and beautiful, and makes a baah-ing noise.
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Featured in Empire of the Censors (1995) See more »

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Symphony No.94
(The "Surprise") (uncredited)
Music by Franz Joseph Haydn
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reacting as an animal to an animal doesn't make you an animal

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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