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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 the 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 the sweetheart of Charlie when she lived there and neither him nor his crew show respect to her. Charlie invites David to hunt deers with his group and him but they leave David alone in the woods and rape Amy. She does not tell to David what happened but when the drunken coach Tom Heddon calls Charlie and his friends to hunt down the slow Jeremy Niles that 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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We take care of our own. 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

Dustin Hoffman, who starred in (and famously disliked) the original film, Straw Dogs (1971), gave Rod Lurie his blessing. See more »

Goofs

After the fake hunt, the Sheriff asks David if his rifle is registered. In Mississippi, where the film is set, there is no state licensing or registration requirements for long guns. See more »

Quotes

Amy Sumner: There are five men with guns outside.
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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 Kartal yuvasi (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Flirtin' with Disaster
Written by David Lawrence Hlubek (as David Hlubeck), Danny Joe Brown and Banner Thomas
Performed by Molly Hatchet
Courtesy of Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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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