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I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

Day of the Woman (original title)
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An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.

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Meir Zarchi

Writer:

Meir Zarchi
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Camille Keaton ... Jennifer
Eron Tabor Eron Tabor ... Johnny
Richard Pace Richard Pace ... Matthew
Anthony Nichols Anthony Nichols ... Stanley
Gunter Kleemann Gunter Kleemann ... Andy
Alexis Magnotti Alexis Magnotti ... Attendant's Wife
Tammy Zarchi Tammy Zarchi ... Child
Terry Zarchi ... Child
Traci Ferrante Traci Ferrante ... Waitress
William Tasgal William Tasgal ... Porter (as Bill Tasgal)
Isaac Agami Isaac Agami ... Butcher (as Isac Agami)
Ronit Haviv Ronit Haviv ... Supermarket Girl
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Storyline

The film follows Jennifer, a writer who is working on a new novel and needs to get out of the city to finish it. She rents a riverside cabin in upstate New York to work on her novel, attracting the attention of a number of rowdy male locals. They catch Jennifer one day and strip her naked for the village idiot (Matthew) and rape her. Jennifer is later attacked and raped a further two times by the four degenerates, and her novel is also destroyed. But Jennifer recovers, and in her now-twisted, psychotic state, she begins to seek revenge on the men. Written by Craig Johnson <sis1488@osiris.sis.port.ac.uk>

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After it was all over... she waited... then she struck back in a way only a woman can! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Spit on Your Grave See more »

Filming Locations:

Connecticut, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Barquel Creations See more »
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| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the films that influenced Meir Zarchi were Michael Winner's Death Wish (1974), Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring (1960) and Henry King's The Bravados (1958). See more »

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After firing her gun, Jennifer cocks the hammer again. Her weapon is a semi-automatic pistol and should have the hammer remain cocked after firing. See more »

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Jennifer Hills: You love your kids?
Johnny: Sure I do.
Jennifer Hills: And your wife?
Johnny: She's okay.
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Brutal
31 December 2005 | by GafkeSee all my reviews

I tried to watch this film once before and made it up to the second rape scene before leaving the room, believing I was seriously about to throw up. I finally forced myself to watch it all the way through recently, and I'm glad I did.

Jennifer Hill is a young, hip, free-spirited woman of the 70s, who leaves her home in New York City for a long vacation in Connecticut, where she plans to write her first novel. Jennifer soon attracts the attention of four lowlife scumbags as she sunbathes in her bikini. The semi-evolved thugs kidnap Jennifer, drag her into the woods, rape her, beat her, sodomize her, beat her some more, follow her home, rape her again, kick her when she's down, make fun of her manuscript, rip it to shreds, rape her with a bottle, beat her up one last time and leave her, bleeding and unconscious on the floor of her vacation home. Damn. They send the retarded Matthew back into the house with a knife and instructions to kill her, but Matthew can't bring himself to do it. He tells the guys that he has killed her, and they stupidly believe him and leave. But Jennifer is alive, and as she heals from her hideous wounds and recovers her strength, she plots revenge against her rapists.

Roger Ebert called this the worst film ever made and feminists damned it to hell for all eternity, but you know what? I'm a woman and I liked it. Jennifer is no weak, whimpering, helpless little victim. She tries her best to fight back. When threats and violence fail to work in her favor, she uses the only other weapon she has: sex. The men are all stereotypical slobs, disgusting pigs who are clearly already emasculated and use Jennifer as an outlet for their frustration and rage. The rapes have nothing to do with sex and are portrayed most realistically - they are ugly, brutal, violent, nasty and completely devoid of eroticism. The sodomy scene was the one scene that horrified me the most, as Jennifer emits the most bloodcurdling scream of pain ever heard. It is very difficult not to flinch from that sound. Jennifer's revenge is every bit as bloody and painful, and nowhere is it more sadistic than in the infamous "bloodbath" scene. These guys all get what's coming to them, and Jennifer makes sure that the punishment fits the crime, turning the men into the helpless, pleading victims and feeding their own sadism right back to them.

Okay, so not all of the plot points make sense, and not everyone is going to agree with Jennifer's decision to kill the men, but it's still a powerful film. It's told primarily from Jennifer's point of view but it never takes sides. It simply tells the story and lets you decide - is Jennifer an insane psycho-killer who ought to go to jail for her crimes, or is she an angel of vengeance delivering poetic justice?

Scaredy cats like me might prefer to watch this film with the audio commentary by Joe Bob Briggs turned on. Joe Bob provides a lot of interesting information about the making of this film, and also supplies some much needed comic relief throughout.


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