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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

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Connecticut, USA See more »

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Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)
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Barquel Creations See more »
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| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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All four male actors asked to appear naked in the film, to remove awkwardness or embarrassment about their own nudity, and to show solidarity for Camille Keaton who spends much of the film nude. See more »

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When Jennifer runs away in the woods and throws the wooden trunk at the guys, a female crew member appears in the far left of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Matthew: [Wielding a knife to attempt to kill Jennifer a second time] I HATE you! You've brought nothing but BAD luck with you! I have no friends because of you!
Jennifer Hills: [calmly] What about me, Matthew? We were going to be friends. Remember?
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Sola Perduta Abandonnato
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A pearl in this maligned genre
31 December 2003 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE is a straightforward rape/revenge drama with the tone of a documentary.

The coverage is plain, there is no music, there are no "stars", there are no concessions to a mainstream audience.

The exploitation film audience may be served, although the rape sequences are neither dynamic nor stylish.

Camille Keaton (Buster's granddaughter), a writer, drives to the country to stay at her house on the river. Local losers stalk her and rape her and rape her again.

The rest of the film details the victim's bloody revenge.

Labeled rubbish by the ignorant, this is very restrained exploitation that is often perversely effective and confronting.

The rape sequences are nasty and ugly, not enhanced by camera moves, rich sound effects or lurid angles.

On the other hand, the revenge sequences are more cinematically manipulative and poorly executed.

An intriguing document of merit.


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