Straw  Dogs (1971)

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Director Sam Peckinpah
Writer Gordon Williams (novel The Seige of Teacher’s Farm), David Zelag Goodman (screenplay)
Starring Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Peter Vaughn, TP McKenna, Henry Niles (uncredited), UK/USA 2h 5m.

One of the few films that were previously banned, but when they were eventually released it seemed highly questionable as to why they were banned in the first place… but not trying to eliminate the fact that this siege movie is incredibly barbaric and quite violent at times, it does seem a little tame on the surface by today’s standards but harbours an incredibly dark back story with gut turning conclusions and a questionable end.

A young playful couple move to a cottage in the British countryside, David (Dustin Hoffman) an American Mathematician and his stunning wife Amy (Susan George) a homemaker who used to live in the village in her childhood. The modern and “hip” couple stand out like a sore thumb among the simple locals, and rural life takes a turn for the worse when Amy’s old flame and his associates start to make life hard for them and then one night a girl goes missing and the local suspected peadophile takes refuge in their home. Continue reading Straw  Dogs (1971)