Straw Dogs

Straw Dogs

DVD - 2011
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David and Amy Sumner, a Hollywood screenwriter and his actress wife, return to her small hometown in the deep South to prepare the family home for sale after her father's death. Once there, tensions build in their marriage and old conflicts re-emerge with the locals, including Amy's ex-boyfriend Charlie, which leads to a violent confrontation.
Publisher: [United States] : Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment, 2011
Edition: Widescreen ed

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jimg2000
Jul 03, 2017

Wall to wall tension as danger lurked and set to explode at each scene soon as the couple drove near the wife's home town. Told in the extras, the film makers believed that it was time for a sexually "toned down" version set in America instead of rural Cornwall and with Amy an American instead of a local repatriate. Also, the term "Straw Dog" was explicitly explained in the film. Anyway, a very violent home invasion horror film with ambivalent subplots on cultural/regional/gender divide.

moviedame Aug 14, 2014

The movie was ok. The pacing of the story line was kinda slow. It leaves you begging for the end so you can see all the good action scenes in the end. 2 stars!

emerald2pac Jun 30, 2013

Found this movie extremely disturbing, I am not one to complain about violence normally but this movie just left a bad taste in my mouth. It does somewhat portray what happens when people are pushed to their breaking point.

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Monolith
Dec 18, 2012

I'm definitely cynical of remakes; I respect originality. And I still remain loyal to the Sam Peckinpah/Dustin Hoffman film forty years prior to this one. But I was remarkably surprised at this remake -- it's actually pretty good. Drunken, sweaty rednecks are a good choice, if not an upgrade, for replacing the British antagonists in the first movie. They're so easy to dislike. I still prefer the bagpipes over the bayou tune in the finale, though, but the bear trap was genius. James Woods was perfect as the boozy whackjob. Sweet '67 ragtop Jag XKE, too.

N4man89 Sep 28, 2012

Very stupid, didn't finish.

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neonkc
Aug 27, 2012

very good

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Leabee
Jun 21, 2012

Yeah, but I have two words for you: Alexander Skarsgard.

aaa5756 Apr 18, 2012

It was O.K for a home TV movie. I was entertained and interesting. But it was NOT worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”

Glencoe_Mike Apr 18, 2012

Surprisingly solid remake. Remains pretty faithful to the original but changes the setting to Mississippi. Tries its hardest to offer characters with complex motivations.

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ADAMAS
Apr 16, 2012

One of the worst remakes in film history...avoid at all costs...I wish I had the time back I wasted watching this....

Some films should be left alone, just like Buillitt (Steve McQueen), how could you pull it off?

You can't, leave it alone.

The early 70's classic is far superior, they should have used this bomb in Afghanistan....

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jimg2000
Jul 03, 2017

Straw dogs?
-Yeah, in ancient Chinese rituals, dogs made of straw were used as offerings to the gods. During the ritual, they were treated with the utmost reverence. When they were no longer needed, they were tossed aside, trampled on. They became nothing.
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"Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's wife."
-I believe in that, too. But what happens when thy neighbor's wife covets you?
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Why is that funny?
-That God would help a nation of atheists?
He works in mysterious ways.
-Most dangerous line ever uttered.
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Niles isn't the point anymore. They've gone too far to turn back.
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You're saying that if I put on a bra, then I'll gain more respect?
-I mean... It's, you know, reaping and sowing and all that.

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Monolith
Dec 18, 2012

Amy Sumner: "Those straw dogs were practically licking my body outside." David Sumner: "I applaud their good taste." Amy Sumner: "It's not funny." David Sumner: "Well, maybe you should wear a bra."

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