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Straw Dogs (1971) Movie Information

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Sam Peckinpah


Dustin Hoffman
Susan George
Peter Vaughan
T. P. McKenna
Del Henney
Jim Norton





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A meek American mathmatician goes to England on sabbatical to the small town where his young, liberated wife grew up. As his wife becomes the object of desire for a group of local toughs, he finds a violent reserve deep inside.

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Snoogans 12/02/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Though, it does have it's share of violence, this film works more on the psychological level. It's controversial past is partly due to the visuals, but is more associated with the questions behind the reasonings of the characters actions.

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mitchellyoung 07/23/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A pretty jarring film that shares similar themes on sex and violence as "A Clockwork Orange" or "A History of Violence," but isn't quite as captivating as those films. I had a hard time getting past the uneven pace of the film; the first half is all slow-building exposition and the second an adrenaline-fueled action scene. It felt like two different films to me. The ambiguous ending was thought-provoking, though.

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Chris Kavan 04/11/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A film that is as violent as it is thought-provoking - it will leave you questioning each and every scene and needs to be seen more than once to get the full effect. It works on many levels and is truly a classic.

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01/17/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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One of the recognized crime flicks back in the 70's. Somehow, it intrigued the curiosity because of its popularity (and rating on the site). A story about married couple David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman) and his childish wife Amy (Susan George). First 20 minutes or so was a drag. The couple were weird, antagonists too obnoxious and Amy just irritating. Hoffman's portrayal was sincere, the rest was rubbish and unbelievable. Overall it feels like viewing a soap opera instead of a film. Horrendous soundtrack and action at the end seemed comical instead of suspenseful. Amy screams no at the guy who was trying to rape her? How ironic. Dated and just a simple premise that was too lengthy. There were so many better films on violence, rape and more. This picture just didn't appeal to this ...

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