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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 78
Notable as: ThrillerGenre: Thriller, DramaRuntime: 113 - 118 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United Kingdom, United StatesFilming location: St BuryanDirector: Sam PeckinpahScreenwriter: David Zelag Goodman, Sam PeckinpahBased on: The Siege of Trencher's FarmMusic: Jerry FieldingCinematography: John CoquillonStars: Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Peter Vaughan, T. P. McKenna, Len Jones, Jim Norton, Del Henney, Donald Webster, Sally Thomsett, Ken Hutchison, David WarnerProducer: Daniel MelnickStudio: American Broadcasting Company, Talent AssociatesAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic Score (Jerry Fielding)Award details: (details at IMDb)
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Straw Dogs is a 1971 psychological thriller directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George. The screenplay by Peckinpah and David Zelag Goodman is based upon Gordon M. Williams's 1969 novel The Siege of Trencher's Farm. The film's title derives from a discussion in the Tao Te Ching that likens the ancient Chinese ceremonial straw dog to forms without substance. The film is noted for its violent concluding sequences and a complicated rape scene. Released theatrically the same year as A Clockwork Orange, The French Connection, and Dirty Harry, the film sparked heated controversy over the perceived increase of violence in cinema. The film premiered in U.S. cinemas on December 29, 1971. Although controversial in 1971, Straw Dogs is considered by many to be one of Peckinpah's greatest films. A remake directed by Rod Lurie was released on September 16, 2011.


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