Builds tension brilliantly throughout until the brilliantly violent final 20 minutes.
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.
- Dustin Hoffman, Peter Vaughan, Sally Thomsett, Jim Norton, Susan George, Ken Hutchison, Peter Arne, Del Henney, Len Jones, T.P. McKenna, Robert Keegan, Cherina Schaer, Donald Webster
- Sam Peckinpah
- Classics , Psychological , Suspense & Thriller , Classic Suspense & Thriller