Straw Dogs (1971) 4.43/5 (2)


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Rating: The Good – 79.3
Genre: Thriller
Duration: 113 mins
Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Peter Vaughan

An American mathematician and his English wife find themselves targeted in different ways by some begrudging locals as they spend his sabbatical in the English countryside. Straw Dogs is as daring and ambiguous a film as you’re likely to see and while difficult to watch, it makes for some compelling viewing. Dustin Hoffman’s smouldering performance as the fish-out-water becomes a lesson in acting as he transforms slowly before our eyes from timid victim to something far more primal. Sam Peckinpah does as much behind the camera to make this the seminal exploration of manhood and its implications that it became. Suzanne George is perfect as the flirtatious and immature wife who embodies the confusion that lies at the heart of this film. As controversial as it is ferocious, Straw Dogs will live long in memory and command repeated viewings.

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2 thoughts on “Straw Dogs (1971)”

  1. I watched it last night. No, actually, I continued to watch it until I read the ending on wikipedia, I must admit. And I licked blood. Now, since “he” got them all (and lost his glasses), there’s blood all over the place, but “they” survived. Great showdown, a little too long for my taste, but: that were the 70s.
    Hoffman reminded me of Donald Pleasance in “Cul-de-Sac” by Roman Polanski in his relationship with Suzanne George aka Françoise Dorléac.
    Great movie and I loved to watch it.

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