Straw Dogs
Straw Dogs (1971)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 29, 1971
DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A violent, provocative meditation on manhood with some of the most controversial scenes ever shot for a mainstream movie.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Michael Sragow

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.

James Plath
Movie Metropolis

A taut drama with great performances and a recipe for action and tension that modern-day thrillers could learn from.

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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Eric Melin

The questions it raises about sexual consent, masculinity, and humanity's penchant for violence are as urgent today as they were in 1971.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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?

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

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.

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Jonathan W. Hickman
Paste Magazine

It ends up hackneyed, unnecessary, and clichéd, improved only by the A-list acting talent and slickness of the production values.

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Graham Jones
An amazing study on violence with a breakout performance from Dustin Hoffman.
Alex roy
Straw Dogs is a unique feat in the cinematic medium. This is a highly engaging picture with a talented cast and immaculate directing. Straw Dogs is a relentless… More
Chris Weber
Based on some novel I've never read or even heard of, this is the story of a cowardly American mathematician named David who, along with his wife Amy, move… More
Samuel Riley
After finally watching 'Straw Dogs', I now realised why this film was banned for over 15 years in the UK. There is a certain scene that truly shocked… More
vieras esine
I don't ever want to see this again.

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