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Straw Dogs

Directed by Sam Peckinpah
United States, United Kingdom, 1971
Thriller, Drama


American mathematician David Sumner moves with his wife, Amy, to the isolated Cornish town where she grew up. Their presence provokes antagonism among the village men. The pacifistic David resorts to the gruesome violence he abhors when the savagery instensifies.

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Straw Dogs Directed by Sam Peckinpah

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1972 | Nominee: Best Music, Original Dramatic Score

One of the most ambiguous, neurotic, and disturbing of all American films receives a revelatory new restoration, with supplements that ably grapple with its chaos.
July 10, 2017
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As the gang of local men close in on the couple’s house, signaling the start of the exploitative-fare soon to come, films like LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT are called to mind. The final third, after the attack on Hoffman’s wife, becomes a splintered assault of razor-sharp edits physically representing the inner stripping of the film’s main characters’ pretensions and artifice, resulting in maybe the most complex and thought-provoking probes on the true nature of violence and it’s aftermath.
March 24, 2017
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As David drives away with Niles, Niles says, “I don’t know my way home.” David, smiling, curiously, remarks, “That’s okay. I don’t either.” Did he find himself through becoming lost? Or is he merely gone? It’s unclear and it should remain unclear. Straw Dogs is overwhelming and, in the end, thought provoking because even through violence, nothing is solved. Nothing is easy. And, like the best Peckinpah, it forces you (and force is the right word) to look within yourself, to ask questions.
February 26, 2017
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