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Straw Dogs (1971)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Straw Dogs (1971, US/UK)

In Sam Peckinpah's disturbing and provocative contemporary 'western' film that further ignited controversy over screen violence and sexual abuse of women in the early 70s (i.e., had she willingly encouraged the first rape?):

  • an unflinching and violent film that was poster-advertised with the image of broken glasses belonging to David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman), a bookish, mild-mannered, pacifistic/aggressive American mathematician on sabbatical and living in a rural England town with his teasingly-seductive young British newlywed bride Amy (Susan George)
  • Amy allowing local laborers to ogle her half-naked through the window
  • the scene of local thugs (one of whom was an ex-boyfriend) assaulting Sumner's wife in a graphic double rape scene (while Sumner was sent away on a hunting expedition in the woods)
  • his cathartic eruption and escalation of bloody violence (scalding, clubbing, shotgun blasts, etc.) to protect his wife and home: ("This is where I live. This is me. I will not allow violence against this house")


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