A young American mathematician, David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman), and his English wife, Amy (Susan George), move to a Cornish village, seeking the quiet life. But beneath the seemingly peaceful isolation of the pastoral village lies a savagery and violence that threatens to destroy the couple, culminating in a brutal test of Sumner’s manhood and a bloody battle to the death. One of the most controversial films ever made, Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs is a harrowing and masterful investigation of masculinity and the nature of violence. —The Criterion Collection
“If they move”, hisses stern-eyed William Holden, “kill ’em”. So begins The Wild Bunch (1969), Sam Peckinpah’s bloody, high-body-count eulogy to the mythologized Old West. “Pouring new wine into the bottle of the Western, Peckinpah explodes the bottle”, observed critic Pauline Kael. That exploding bottle also christened the director with the nickname that would forever define his films and reputation: “Bloody Sam”.
David Samuel Peckinpah was born and grew up in Fresno, California, when it was still a sleepy town. Young Sam was a loner. The child’s greatest influence was grandfather Denver Church Peckinpah, a judge, congressman and one of the best shots in the Sierra Nevadas. Sam served in the Marine Corps during World War II but – to his disappointment – did not see combat. He married Marie Selland in Las Vegas in 1947 and enrolled as a theater graduate student at the University of Southern California the next year.
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I've seen this film....shit, at least 9 times, and I loved it more and more every time. a film without a hero, a film where every character is an absolutely vile piece of shit- the pacifist succumbs to the primitive instinct that brings him to the same level as the guys who rape his wife; Peckinpah hated modern society, it shows most strongly in his masterpiece of misanthropy that makes Von Trier look like Brad Bird.
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I was ready to give up on Peckinpah. After watching, about three years ago, The Wild Bunch, and then, almost two years ago, The Getaway, and finding myself unappreciative of both… read review
Sob o domínio do mêdo, título no Brasil desse suspense onde Dustin Hoffman está ótimo.
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Sam Peckinpah’s Darwinian masterpiece is every geek’s nightmare: how are you going to defend your home when the demons are at your door, there aren’t any cops and witty, civilized banter just won’t… read review