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Straw Dogs (2011)

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Los Angeles screenwriter David Sumner relocates with his wife to her hometown in the deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both.

Director:

Rod Lurie

Writers:

Rod Lurie (screenplay), David Zelag Goodman (earlier screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Marsden ... David Sumner
Kate Bosworth ... Amy Sumner
Alexander Skarsgård ... Charlie
James Woods ... Tom Heddon
Dominic Purcell ... Jeremy Niles
Rhys Coiro ... Norman
Billy Lush ... Chris
Laz Alonso ... John Burke
Willa Holland ... Janice Heddon
Walton Goggins ... Daniel Niles
Anson Mount ... Coach Milkens
Drew Powell ... Bic
Kristen Shaw ... Abby
Megan Adelle Megan Adelle ... Melissa
Jessica Dockrey Jessica Dockrey ... Helen (as Jessica Cook)
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Storyline

Screenwriter David Sumner travels with his wife Amy in his Jaguar to her homeland Blackwater, in Mississippi. Amy's father has passed away and David intends to write his screenplay about Stalingrad in the house. David hires the contractor Charlie and his team to repair the roof of the Barn. Amy was Charlie's sweetheart when she lived there and neither he nor his crew show respect to her now. Charlie invites David to hunt deer with his group and him; but they leave David alone in the woods and rape Amy. She does not tell David what happened. When the drunken coach Tom Heddon calls Charlie and his friends to hunt down the slow Jeremy Niles, who likes his daughter, David decides to protect not only Jeremy, but also Amy and his honor. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Don't let them in. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence including a sexual attack, menace, some sexual content, and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Straw Dogs See more »

Filming Locations:

Bossier City, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,123,760, 18 September 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,324,441, 9 October 2011
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Released in the UK almost 40 years to the day of the original 1971 version, which came out November 3 1971. See more »

Goofs

When David finds the dead cat in the closet he turns off the light and closes the closet door. A moment later when Amy opens the closet door the light is on. See more »

Quotes

Charlie: You want your glasses. Go ahead put 'em on, I want you to see what's coming, David...
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Alternate Versions

The versions released in India (English original and Hindi dubbed) are relatively shorter in duration as compared to the original. See more »

Connections

Version of Straw Dogs (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Summer Wine
Written by Lee Hazlewood
Performed by Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood
Courtesy of Boots Enterprises, Inc.
By arrangement with The Orchard
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Good remake, although not as good as the original
3 December 2011 | by room102See all my reviews

I expected this movie to be yet another terrible remake and turn it off after 15 minutes. But know know what? This was actually a good remake.

While the movie is very similar to the original, they did make some small changes here and there, mainly in the characters background and their motivation - which might help explain some things that seemed a bit odd in the original (for example, why would a beautiful blonde marry a geek). Others may claim the writer ruined some ideas.

It's hard and unfair to compare the actors' performance to Dustin Hoffman and David Warner in the original, but I have to say that all the cast actually did a decent job. James Woods was excellent as a southern redneck and Kate Bosworth was surprisingly good too. I'm not familiar with any of the other actors, who were all decent in their roles.

The ending had some small changes too - again, made in order for the characters to have a better motivation. Still, I prefer the ending of the original, which I recall was more intense and more "surreal", made to show a man protecting his "castle".

All in all, this remake is much better than many of the recent remakes I've seen (or chose to skip). Was this remake necessary? Probably not.

5/10 Worth watching


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