Straw Dogs

Straw Dogs

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Average of 247 ratings: 3.2 Stars

1971 M Restricted to persons 18 years and over.

The knock at the door meant the birth of one man and the death of seven others!

Meet mathematician David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman), working in a supposed seclusion, has taken up residence in the small Cornwall town where his young wife Amy (Susan George) was raised. He immediately becomes the butt of jokes for the logal toughs, who see him as a milquetoast and Amy as fair game to prove their macho superiority.

Immature and frustrated, Amy encourages the attentions of the louts who have come to work on their roof, precipitating a series of harrowing events - of which a brutal rape is only the beginning.

Admist it all, David discovers his own sense of primitive outrage, and his own acumen for violence.

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113 minutes
MRA Entertainment

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English Dolby Digital 2.0

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3.5 by Ganny01

Builds tension brilliantly throughout until the brilliantly violent final 20 minutes.

4 by jtindahouse

A movie which has a lot more to it than just what appears on the surface. I would recommend reading up about people's theories on its symbolism after watching it. The best place to do this would be

4 by tigerzqn

I had read a lot about the controversy surrounding this movie, and was naturally curious! A

very good story, with great suspense and tension, the graphic violence entirely

appropriate. Comparable to A Clockwork Orange.

4 by spud17

does for the cornwall tourist board what once were warriors did for NZ , great film susan george showing us why most women should not wear bras

4 by Fatso_Joe

Outstanding direction from Sam Peckinpah, except a few clumsy transitions. Equally skilled acting from Dustin Hoffman & Susan George. Criticisms: rape is never fun to watch. Also, nothing happens for the first 45 minutes or so.

2.5 by Katty

Does keep you watching but seemed to have gaps in information - so never quite 'got it'. Great, really great, acting but maybe a bit too artsy for us.

4 by Gordonn

It tries to be a movie against violence but instead seems to glorify it. But there's still something good here

5 by Mike9

This is a real sleeper movie. Nothing much happens in the 1st part of the movie. But really worth watching all the way through.

The end does not disappoint.

4 by Steve172

A classic from Sam Peckinpah from the 70's. A bit removed from his usual genre, but violent all the same.

2 by Murrayr

My low rating is due to the excess violence, especially the rape sequence, that sends the wrong message.

Despite that reservation all events were within context and well acted.