Straw Dogs

Straw Dogs

DVD - 1971
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David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman), a mild-mannered academic from the United States, marries Amy (Susan George), an Englishwoman. In order to escape a hectic stateside lifestyle, David and his wife relocate to the small town in rural Cornwall where Amy was raised. There, David is ostracized by the brutish men of the village, including Amy's old flame, Charlie (Del Henney). Eventually the taunts escalate, and two of the locals rape Amy. This sexual assault awakes a shockingly violent side of David.
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, 1971.
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION STR
Characteristics: 1 DVD (117 min.)
Additional Contributors: Hoffman, Dustin 1937-

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TheeAvebury
Aug 24, 2017

Greatest movie ever- I give it 5 stars. Love Peckinpah!...The remake is horrible. This is the original violent lusty morality play by Peckinpah!

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jimg2000
Jul 04, 2017

Watched the 2011 version a day ago and decided to check out this original. Well, both were atmospheric, brutal and full of tension from start to finish. This 1971 film was better being original but picked on the natives from Cornwall and with Amy featured as a bored to death sex kitten while the 2011 remake featured Amy as a successful worldly actress but copied most of the significant lines from the original. Good to compare both sets of actors, characters, settings and how the climatic siege went down.

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VonHafenstaaad
May 05, 2017

One of Sam Peckinpah's finest films, a relentless study in violence and machismo that is shocking, not only for its explicit gore, but for the degree to which it manipulates 'civilized' audiences.

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akirakato
May 03, 2017

This is a 1971 American-British psychological thriller directed by Sam Peckinpah, based upon Gordon M. Williams's 1969 novel:"The Siege of Trencher's Farm."
Brace yourself for this daring, provocative, shocking, disturbing and well...insane movie with a lot of extreme violence in both physical and sexual terms.
This is one of the craziest movies I've ever watched.
Superb are the performances of Dustin Hoffman and Susan George.
Although I don't like those violent actions and it was controversial in 1971, this flick looks definitely like one of Peckinpah's greatest films.

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kidparco
Apr 12, 2017

The original version of Straw Dogs, directed and co written by Sam Peckinpah, is an important movie in cinema history and the larger cultural history of individualism, gender, and violence in the west, particularly in the United States.

That may be surprising because the picture is set in England, but since one of the main characters, David, is American, and Peckinpah was a major US filmmaker, the subtext is late 1960s- early 1970s United States.

I believe that one needs at least some familiarity with Peckinpah's work, and some appreciation of it too, in order to benefit from Straw Dogs. His achievements were polarizing and this is the most incendiary of Peckinpah's movies--which is saying something.

Some make the case that to praise the artistry of Straw Dogs is to condone objectification of women and misogyny, and there is merit to that argument. I don't feel wholly comfortable recommending the picture, despite my respect for its aesthetics, which includes some of the most brilliant editing, pacing, and atmosphere in American film.

Even after seeing the movie several times, I can't be sure of its ethics and morals, and Peckinpah raised more problems than he solves here. And that's another source of Straw Dogs's value as a filmed narrative and a source of contention.

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beckythecat1
Mar 11, 2017

very violent story. very old England countryside people.
strange tale of the village "loose girl" returning with
her professional husband.
Dustin Hoffman must have been desperate for money to take this role.

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harryscrawford
Oct 18, 2016

Very slow moving. Couldn't wait for it to end; quite boring and eventually very violent.

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TheeAvebury
Aug 14, 2016

Another classic movie by Sam Peckinpah.

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Calvacade
Aug 24, 2015

Great Peckinpah movie.

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SF_READER
May 21, 2015

Movie is listed in the 1001 Movies you must see before you die.

explicit depiction of violence as is Peckinpah's trademark as a director.

Good acting by Dustin Hoffman .

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jimg2000
Jul 04, 2017

Both 2011 and original used "I got 'em all." at the end of the siege.
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1971: They were practically licking my body.
2011: Those straw dogs were practically licking my body outside, so...
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1971: Look, you stupid Yank. Let's have Niles before someone gets hurt!
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2011: You got no right to be involved, Hollywood.
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1971 Norman: Take him downstairs, Charlie. You put him to sleep. I'll call you when I'm ready.
2011 Norman: You make the call then, quarterback.
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1971: You know what happens if they get in now? They'll kill us all. They've gone too far to back down now. You understand that? We're dead if they get in.
2011: Niles isn't the point anymore. They've gone too far to turn back. They've murdered a man, and we're witnesses, okay? They want to kill us. They have to kill us. If they get in this house, we're dead. Do you understand?

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Monolith
May 13, 2012

Reverend Barney Hood: "Radiation. That's an unfortunate dispensation." David Sumner: "Surely is. Yes, indeed." Reverend Barney Hood: "As long as it's not another bomb. You're a scientist - can you deny the responsibility?" David Sumner: "Can you? After all, there's never been a kingdom given to so much bloodshed as that of Christ." Reverend Barney Hood: "That's Montesquieu, isn't it?" David Sumner: "Oh, really?" Louise Hood: "Who's he?" Reverend Barney Hood: "Somebody well worth reading."

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Monolith
May 13, 2012

David Sumner: "I'm firing Venner and Scutt tomorrow." Amy Sumner: "Hooray for you, tiger. ...What for?" David Sumner: "Because they stuck it to me on the moor today." Amy Sumner: "They also 'serve' who sit at home and wait."

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Monolith
May 13, 2012

Reverend Barney Hood: "And now for my next trick, the piece de resistance, I present to you an empty glass. I will now fill this glass with milk." Chris Cawsey: "Would it work better with whiskey, Vicar?" Reverend Barney Hood: "Nothing works better with whiskey." Tom Hedden: "I do." Reverend Barney Hood: "You've never worked a day in your life, Tom."

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Monolith
May 13, 2012

Amy Sumner: "David, give Niles to them. That's what they want! ...They just want him. ...Give them Niles, David!" David Sumner: "They'll beat him to death." Amy Sumner: "I don't care! Get him out!" David Sumner: "You really don't care, do you?" Amy Sumner: "No I don't!" David Sumner: "...No. I care. This is where I live. This is me. I will not allow violence against this house."

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Monolith
May 13, 2012

Henry Niles: "I don't know my way home." David Sumner: "That's okay... I don't either."

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britprincess1
Jul 23, 2013

Violence: There is a high degree of violence.

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britprincess1
Jul 23, 2013

Sexual Content: One scene is very graphic.

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britprincess1
Jul 23, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The film has a dark tone and there are frightening and intense scenes of violence and sexuality.

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britprincess1
Jul 23, 2013

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