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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

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Everyone Has a Breaking Point 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:

Perros de paja 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

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film, a remake of the controversially violent 1971 movie, is considered fairly faithful to Sam Peckinpah's original, though the location has been moved from Cornwall, England to the U.S. Mississippi Gulf Coast, and the hero's profession has been changed from mathematician to screenwriter. See more »

Goofs

The two registration stickers on David's Jaguar E-Type's rear California license plate at first appear on the bottom corners of the plate (which is in itself a goof) but in later shots appear on the upper corners as is correct for California license plates. See more »

Quotes

David Sumner: Baby. You don't have to learn chess to please me.
Amy Sumner: I'm not learning chess to please you, baby. I'm learning so I can kick your *ass*.
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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

Referenced in Edición Especial Coleccionista: Perros de paja (2013) See more »

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Für Elise
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Remake is always hard
20 September 2011 | by christinengo55See all my reviews

I mean I know this is a hard one to go see, but if you are going for the entertainment part, it will be a bit tricky because there are some violence and plot wise in the movie might be offensive to some people. However, that been said, it is also I think this movie is very tricky to make at the first place, with all the original version pressure, casting and Director comparisons and the most importantly the most notorious and controversial scene in the movie.

I like the movie a lot, but I am not going to compare this one with the original, because I felt they both got a different feeling to it, Rod really did a fantastic job about letting people understanding the feeling of being alienated... it's like an adult version of being bullying by your neighbors without even knowing you. The humanity side of the movie is that at the end of this movie how the protagonist totally snapped and freak out, not out of the blue but under extenuating circumstance.

Many people been distracting too much away from the notorious scene and forget the real motto and messages the director tried to convey from this movie. I think it's also very interesting how many people didn't even know why the title was named "Straw Dogs"....


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