Straw Dogs
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Sam Peckinpah examines the instinctual capacity for violence in his controversial 1971 film, loosely based on the novel The Siege of Trencher's Farm. To avoid the Vietnam-era social chaos in the U.S., American mathematician David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman) moves with his British wife, Amy (Susan George), to the isolated Cornish town where she grew up, but their presence provokes antagonism among the village's men. As the hostilities escalate from routine bullying to the gang rape of his wife, David finds his pacifistic self backed into a corner. When the hooligans attack his house, David… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"The most offensive thing about the movie is its hypocrisy; it is totally committed to the pornography of violence, but lays on the moral outrage with a shovel."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Eyes Wide Shut -- and the cooked-up debates surrounding it -- are only about sex in the head. Peckinpah gives you sex as a kick in the groin, a jolt to the brain and a shot to the heart."
‑ Michael Sragow,
"It ends up hackneyed, unnecessary, and clichéd, improved only by the A-list acting talent and slickness of the production values."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Paste Magazine
"Gory and shocking."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Peckinpah's treatise on violence and masculinity is disturbing on a fundamental level... and equally difficult to forget."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Upon first viewing, it seems like a straightforward film, but the more one watches it, the more tension one sees in the relationship between the couple."
‑ Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter
"A taut drama with great performances and a recipe for action and tension that modern-day thrillers could learn from."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Ugliness that must be taken seriously"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Um assustador estudo sobre o animal interior do Homem que, mesmo moralista, conservador e misógino, impressiona por sua complexidade."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A meaty uncompromising movie from the masterful Sam Peckinpah."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Mr. Peckinpah has made some good films (Ride the High Country) and a couple of great films (The Wild Bunch, The Ballad of Cable Hogue) -- which may be why Straw Dogs is a special disappointment."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"But what if the mask of your neighbor tilts for a second and you catch a glimpse of the riot going on behind his face? What if you accidentally see the monster feasting on his prey? Now what if you're looking in the mirror?"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Anchored by Dustin Hoffman's seminal performance, Peckinpah's second masterpiece (after The Wild Bunch) is still one of the most provocative, controversial, and ambiguous explorations of actual violence and our reaction to screen violence."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"One of Sam Peckinpah's finest films, a relentless study in violence and machismo that is shocking, not only for its explicit gore, but for the degree to which it manipulates 'civilized' audiences."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"...Hoffman delivers a stunning, unforgettable performance."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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