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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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In the eyes of every coward burns a straw dog. 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)  »

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Budget:

$3,251,794 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,148,828, 31 December 1983
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The title comes from the Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu, who wrote, "Heaven and earth are not humane, and regard the people as straw dogs." Straw dogs were used as ceremonial objects for religious sacrifices in ancient China. See more »

Goofs

After Amy tells David to get some lettuce, David notices the addition symbol on his chalk board changed to subtract by Amy earlier on. When he draws it back on, the symbol before it jumps from being an addition to a subtraction symbol. See more »

Quotes

David Sumner: Jesus. I got 'em all!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Pod People (1991) See more »

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Cara Nome
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from "Rigoletto"
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
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First rate thriller.
31 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

Peckinpah's post- 'Wild Bunch' movies were a mixed bag. Frequently battling studios, censors and/or his own demons, some are genuine classics ('..Alfredo Garcia'), some are entertaining potboilers ('The Getaway'), and some like 'Straw Dogs' are in between. I could never argue that this movie is his best work, but it is far from his worst, and whatever you can say about his movies, they are ALWAYS interesting.

'Straw Dogs' is the closest he came to making a genre horror/thriller movie. If you enjoy 'Rio Bravo'-inspired siege movies such as Romero's 'Night Of The Living Dead' or Carpenter's 'Assault On Precinct 13', check this one out. But it is more than "just" a thriller - it features strong character development, and morally ambiguous situations among the tense build up to the explosive climax.

In these P.C. times 'Straw Dogs' offers no simple answers, but plenty of issues for discussion, and it is to be commended for that. "Right" or "wrong"? YOU decide!


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