Straw Dogs (1971)

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Critic Consensus: A violent, provocative meditation on manhood with some of the most controversial scenes ever shot for a mainstream movie.


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Sam Peckinpah examines the instinctual capacity for violence in his controversial 1971 film, loosely based on the novel The Siege of Trencher's Farm. To avoid the Vietnam-era social chaos in the U.S., American mathematician David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman) moves with his British wife, Amy (Susan George), to the isolated Cornish town where she grew up, but their presence provokes antagonism among the village's men. As the hostilities escalate from routine bullying to the gang rape of his wife, David … More

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Zelag Goodman, Sam Peckinpah, David Z Goodman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 13, 2001
Runtime:
Sony Pictures/Screen Gems

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as Maj. Scott

as Charlie Venner

as Tom Hedden

as Rev. hood

as Cawsey

as Henry Niles

as Bobby Hedden

as Bertie Hedden

as John Niles

as Harry Ware

as Mrs. Hedden

as Emma Hedden

as Mrs. Hood
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Critic Reviews for Straw Dogs

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The most offensive thing about the movie is its hypocrisy; it is totally committed to the pornography of violence, but lays on the moral outrage with a shovel.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Upon first viewing, it seems like a straightforward film, but the more one watches it, the more tension one sees in the relationship between the couple.

August 5, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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Mr. Peckinpah has made some good films (Ride the High Country) and a couple of great films (The Wild Bunch, The Ballad of Cable Hogue) -- which may be why Straw Dogs is a special disappointment.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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A taut drama with great performances and a recipe for action and tension that modern-day thrillers could learn from.

Full Review… | December 29, 2011
Movie Metropolis

But what if the mask of your neighbor tilts for a second and you catch a glimpse of the riot going on behind his face? What if you accidentally see the monster feasting on his prey? Now what if you're looking in the mirror?

Full Review… | October 1, 2011
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

It ends up hackneyed, unnecessary, and clichéd, improved only by the A-list acting talent and slickness of the production values.

Full Review… | September 24, 2011
Paste Magazine

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Straw Dogs is a unique feat in the cinematic medium. This is a highly engaging picture with a talented cast and immaculate directing. Straw Dogs is a relentless violent picture that tells the story of a couple who move out to the countryside and they get terrorized by the locals of a nearby village. The plot is very well layered and structured and for me is one of the standout performances of actor Dustin Hoffman along with his role in Rainman. This is a must see film for film fans and it will keep you hooked right up till the last blistering frame. Now this isn't a horror film, but the events that transpire within the movie are quite terrifying in retrospect and it serves as a powerful and disturbing psychological thriller with slight horror overtones. The aspect of home invasion is always something to fear and is pretty scary. Even if this isn't a straight forward horror yarn, fans of the genre should seek this one out just the same. I very much loved the film, and I think that anyone looking for something truly riveting will surely love this. Be warned, this is a picture that is very violent, but it shouldn't turn you off it either. Sam Peckinpah crafts a stunning piece of cinema that you shouldn't pass up. Straw Dogs is a near flawless picture that is a definite classic. The portrait of its violence is raw and gritty and unflinching. This is what keeps you on the edge and involved from the get go. If you love Dustin Hoffman films, don't miss up on this one. The film blends all sorts of elements to make a picture that stands out above all the rest that comes in this style of storytelling.

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Alex roy

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After finally watching 'Straw Dogs', I now realised why this film was banned for over 15 years in the UK. There is a certain scene that truly shocked me, as it gave the worst message a man could receive. Despite this, I was gripped for the majority of the film. Both Dustin Hoffman and Amy George gave both emotionally and psychologically unsettling performances, they may put you off from time to time, but you will keep sympathising.

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Samuel Riley

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