STRAW DOGS (1971 U.K.) D/W: SAM PECKINPAH W: DAVID ZELAG GOODMAN P: DANIEL MELNICK
Dustin Hoffman is the pacifist American mathemitician who moves to his wife Susan George's hometown in rural England. The not-so-friendly locals start by killing their cat, but things soon get worse after George is raped (twice). David Warner is a mentally-ill child-molester who Hoffman ends up protecting from the vengeful locals in a stunning, masterful end sequence in which he must go against his principals to defend his home. Controversial for it's violence and the rape scene (which was mauled by the censors) which i guess was a little to effective at mining the paranoid streak of man. An artist at the peak of his craft, this is Peckinpah's most powerful statement about the pain and pressure of being a man. Based on Gordon Williams' novel The Siege Of Trencher's Farm. With Peter Vaughan. Roger Spottiswoode was an Editor, and for some reason Warner is not actually credited. Remade 40 years later.

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