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.


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9 May 2008 | tmwest
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| reacting as an animal to an animal doesn't make you an animal
Somehow this movie reminds me of a scene in "A King in New York" where the king (Charles Chaplin) goes to visit a school and the pupils start throwing pieces of cake at him. At the beginning he tries to act dignified and ignore it, but then he ends up also throwing pieces of cake. Dustin Hoffman is David, a peaceful guy who starts being provoked by the hoodlums he contracted to fix his garage. He does not know their real bad characters so he is caught off guard and his lack of reaction can be attributed to that. He is far from being a coward as the film will show later on. Susan George is his wife Amy who makes a point of being sexy. She starts feeling her husband is a coward and her contradictory feelings during the magnificently made rape scene are an unconscious reaction to that. When the second man shows up to rape her, the humiliation which was already unbearable is multiplied. A similar situation occurs between Niles, the town idiot, and a girl. David gives Niles shelter in his house. The irony of the film is that the hoodlums come to lynch Niles for a crime they just practiced. David answers them on the same level. Did he become an animal like them? Definitely not, the bitter truth is that one does not always choose the weapons he fights with. This is Peckinpah's best film.

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Trivia

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.


Quotes

David Sumner: 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.


Goofs

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.


Alternate Versions

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.


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Caro Nome
(uncredited)
from "Rigoletto"
Music by
Giuseppe Verdi

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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