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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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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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Filmed under the title of "Day of the Woman". It was also shown under the titles "I Hate Your Guts", and "The Rape and Revenge of Jennifer Hill". The title "I Spit on Your Grave" was first used for the 1980 re-release. Meir Zarchi didn't like that title, but it helped make the film a controversial success. Zarchi now insists that the subtitle "AKA Day of the Woman" be attached to all posters and DVD sleeves. See more »

Goofs

When Jennifer is using the outboard engine to kill the last of her attackers, he is way too far away from the blade to be injured. See more »

Quotes

Johnny: That's so sweet, it's painful.
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The Anchor Bay release is the complete 100-minute uncut version. See more »

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Featured in The Cinema Snob: I Spit on Your Grave: Part 2 (2013) See more »

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Sola Perduta Abandonnato
from "Manon Lescaut"
by Giacomo Puccini
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The horror of rape is graphically depicted.
8 April 2002 | by mag62usSee all my reviews

This is not a fun film. This is not an easy film to watch. But this is certainly not a film without merit. The first half of this film takes the audience through a terrible descent into a hell most of us can only imagine. The horror of rape. And this film treats this subject with a frightening realism. No fancy lighting. No mood music hanging in the background. Simply, the horror of rape. The horror of having one's life violated in the most unspeakably vile manner imaginable. That is the purpose of this film. This film does not want to entertain. It wants to repulse. And it succeeds! This film is as sickening as the rape it depicts. Why make a film like this? One might jump to the conclusion that the film was aimed at the prurient interests of perverts who enjoy viewing the degradation and violation of women. But that is an unfair conclusion. This is a film with a purpose. A message. And this film seems to be carefully designed to send that message loud and clear to every viewer: RAPE IS A TRULY HORRIBLE CRIME! Horrible beyond what most of us could ever imagine.


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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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Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)
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Barquel Creations See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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