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Straw Dogs When this cynically violent, exceedingly graphic (even by director Sam Peckinpah's standard) revenge saga first came out, some people considered it a...Straw DogsDramaR When this cynically violent, exceedingly graphic (even by director Sam Peckinpah's standard) revenge saga first came out, some people considered it a...1997-01-10

Straw Dogs

Genre: Drama; Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Susan George; Director: Sam Peckinpah; MPAA Rating: R

When this cynically violent, exceedingly graphic (even by director Sam Peckinpah’s standard) revenge saga first came out, some people considered it a serious exploration of humanity’s ambivalent relationship with the dark side: A nerdy guy (Hoffman) and his hot wife (George) move to the country, where everybody tries to beat him and rape her. Today, though, Straw Dogs plays like a social-climbing exploitation bloodbath. If that’s your cup of grime, this new letterboxed version is the way to go; it restores scenes deleted for the American market, and analog tracks showcase Jerry Fielding’s Oscar-nominated score.