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Straw Dogs
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Directed By
Sam Peckinpah

Written By:
Gordon Williams, David Zelag Goodman, Sam Peckinpah

Cast:
Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Peter Vaughan, T.P. McKenna, Jim Norton, Ken Hutchison, Sally Thomsett, Peter Arne, Colin Welland, Donald Webster, Len Jones, Robert Keegan, Del Henney, Cherina Schaer


 
Straw Dogs (1971)
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Movie Review by Movie Addict
March 21st, 2008

75 Movies Every Man Should See

Favorite Movie Quote: "Ok, you've had your fun. I'll give you one more chance, and if you don't clear out now, there'll be real trouble. I mean it."

Three words: Sam Peckinpah. Revenge.

They couldn't give director Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia) an Oscar for this film, so they nominated it for musical score. After all, the film was banned in some areas for excessive violence and sex.

The sex in the film was violent as Amy (Susan George - The House Where Evil Dwells) is raped by what I surmise was an old beau and one of his friends while they had her husband David (Dustin Hoffman) out in the woods hunting birds.

But, the violence didn't stop there as a group of outraged citizens went after a man (David Warner - Titanic, Time After Time) they believed did something to a young girl. Any resemblance that Hoffman had to his Rain Man or Graduate characters disappeared as he strove to protect the man. He definitely showed that there is a violent beast within all of us that is waiting to be unleashed at the right moment.

It was a hard movie due to the violence, but an excellent example of Peckinpah's work.

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