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Story

One of Sam Peckinpah's most controversial efforts, this film came out at a critical moment in the early 1970s, released in the same month as both Dirty Harry and A Clockwork Orange, causing a furor over film violence. Based on a little-known British novel, the film casts Dustin Hoffman as a bookish American mathematician on sabbatical in rural England, in the town where his young bride (Susan George) grew up. He finds himself forced to defend his home against an assault by local toughs, and discovers a frighteningly feral and vicious side to himself. Though Straw Dogs has a reputation for graphic violence, it actually looks tame by contemporary standards. Instead, the violence is psychological, and the suspense and shocks are induced by the editing--you're more terrified by what you think you see than by what you are actually shown. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Disc One
  • Audio Commentary by Film Scholar Stephen Prince
  • Isolated Music and Effects Track
  • Disc Two
  • "Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron" An 82 minute documentary of reflections by members of Peckinpah's family, friends, and his collaborators
  • "On Location: Dustin Hoffman" (26 mins)
  • Behind the Scenes Footage
  • Video Interviews with Actress Susan George and Producer Daniel Melnick
  • Peckinpah responds: Select correspondence to critics and viewers
  • Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots

Cast

Dustin HoffmanDavid Summer
Susan GeorgeAmy Sumner
Peter VaughanTom Hedden
T.P. McKennaMajor John Scott
Del HenneyCharlie Venner
Jim NortonChris Cawsey
Donald WebsterRiddaway
Ken HutchisonNorman Scutt
Len JonesBobby Hedden
Sally ThomsettJanice Hedden
Robert KeeganHarry Ware
Peter ArneJohn Niles
Cherina SchaerLouise Hood
Colin WellandReverend Barney Hood
June BrownMrs. Hedden (scenes deleted)
Chloe FranksEmma Hedden (scenes deleted)
Michael MundellBertie Hedden (uncredited)
David WarnerHenry Niles (uncredited)

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Sam Peckinpah
  • Producer: Anchor Bay
  • Length: 118 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 29, 1971
    EuropeNov 3, 1971
    JapanApr 29, 1972
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    JapanR-15
    AustraliaMA
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaSep 6, 2011
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 19, 1999
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