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Straw Dogs (2011)

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L.A. 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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... David Sumner
... Amy Sumner
... Charlie
... Tom Heddon
... Jeremy Niles
... Norman
... Chris
... John Burke
... Janice Heddon
... Daniel Niles
... Coach Milkens
... Bic
... Abby
Megan Adelle ... Melissa
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 »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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

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16 September 2011 (USA)  »

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Perros de paja  »

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

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After David runs into Jeremy with Amy's car, he was shown standing with his right arm outstretched parallel to the ground with a compound fracture of the upper arm, complete with the upper part of the bone protruding through his skin. A person with this kind of injury would not be able to hold their arm out that way since there would be no structural support from the upper arm; the arm would angle downward from near the point of fracture. See more »

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David Sumner: Just so you know, somebody broke into our house and killed our cat.
Chris: What makes you think Flutie was killed? Didn't just die.
David Sumner: Well, generally cats don't hang themselves.
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References Saw (2004) See more »

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Concerto for Violin & Orchestra in D Major, Op. 61
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Good remake, although not as good as the original
3 December 2011 | by See 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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