Straw Dogs (1971)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Thriller

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A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment.




  • Dustin Hoffman and Sam Peckinpah in Straw Dogs (1971)
  • Dustin Hoffman and Susan George in Straw Dogs (1971)
  • Susan George in Straw Dogs (1971)
  • "Straw Dogs," Dustin Hoffman with Director Sam Peckinpam. 1971 / Cinerama
  • "Straw Dogs," Dustin Hoffman 1971 / Cinerama
  • Dustin Hoffman in Straw Dogs (1971)

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12 May 2005 | stpetebeach
| Everyone betrays everyone
It is certainly possible to look at STRAW DOGS as nothing more than a simple story of a man defending his house, his animalistic insides unleashed by a group of Cornish hoodlums. On that level alone it is a terrific piece of film-making backed up with highly textured acting from the two principals. But there are layers and layers and layers in this film, and that is what makes it art, and a masterpiece. Peckinpah himself told people that Dustin Hoffman was the heavy, and the movie was a portrait of a bad marriage. Try watching with those two facts in mind, and the film takes on a whole new complexion. The Criterion Collection two-disc set of STRAW DOGS is excellent, from the Peckinpah documentary to interviews with Susan George and the producer, to the audio commentary track. I agree with other reviewers who stressed that Peckinpah wasn't interested in "solving" problems; he wanted us to look at ourselves, and cringe.

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