R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment.
When Reverend Barney Hood (Colin Welland) and his wife visit David (Dustin Hoffman) and Amy (Susan George) Sumner to invite them to a church social, Barney and David discuss science and religion. David recites a quotation, "There's never been a kingdom given to so much bloodshed as that of Christ." Barney recognizes the quotation to be from Montesquieu. Montesquieu was a French social commentator who lived from 1689 to 1755. He is sometimes credited with the concept of separation of powers that was incorporated into the U.S. Constitution.
You act like you're fourteen years old.
Amy Sumner: I am fourteen years old.
David Sumner: Wanna try for twelve?
David Sumner: How about eight? I freak out for eight year olds.
In the scene where David is going to confront the villagers about the cat, he lets in 4 men, but when they gather in the living room, there are only three villagers.
The video version was twice rejected by the British Board of Film Classification in 1999 after the distributors refused to cut forcible stripping and any signs that Susan George was "enjoying" the rape. Video versions were available in Britain before the 1984 law which required all videos to be classified. There were two such releases, one of which was uncut, and one which lost some dialogue due to print damage. As of 1st July 2002, the full version of the film has been passed uncut for video and DVD release by the BBFC.