Straw Dogs

September 16th, 2011








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Straw Dogs

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Plot
L.A. screenwriter David Sumner relocates with his wife to her hometown in the deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 5.8/10 (8,669 voted)

Critic's Score: 45/100

Director: Rod Lurie

Stars: James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgård

Storyline
L.A. screenwriter David Sumner relocates with his wife to her hometown in the deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both.

Writers: Rod Lurie, David Zelag Goodman

Cast:
James Marsden - David Sumner
Kate Bosworth - Amy Sumner
Alexander Skarsgård - Charlie
James Woods - Tom Heddon
Dominic Purcell - Jeremy Niles
Rhys Coiro - Norman
Billy Lush - Chris
Laz Alonso - John Burke
Willa Holland - Janice Heddon
Walton Goggins - Daniel Niles
Anson Mount - Coach Milkens
Drew Powell - Bic
Kristen Shaw - Abby
Megan Adelle - Melissa
Jessica Cook - Helen

Taglines: I will not allow violence against this house.



Details

Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 16 September 2011

Filming Locations: Bossier City, Louisiana, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,123,760 (USA) (18 September 2011) (2408 Screens)

Gross: $10,324,441 (USA) (9 October 2011)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
The famous quote "I will not allow violence against this house" is not in the version shown in theaters.

Goofs:
Continuity: The two registration stickers on David's Jaguar E-Type's rear California license plate at first appear on the bottom corners of the plate (which is in itself a goof) but in later shots appear on the upper corners as is correct for California license plates.

Quotes:
[first lines]
Norman: [takes butchering saw to still live deer]
David Sumner: Norm. What are you doing, man? Geez.



User Review

Dull, unnecessary remake

Rating: 1/10

Sam Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs" remains a most disturbing, morally ambiguous confrontation between the brute code of uneducated farmboys with the complex attempts at rationalization by a sophisticated, neurotic, hyper-educated urban college professor attempting to escape the responsibilities of living in an increasingly complex world. It is also a magnificently constructed motion picture, elegantly photographed, brilliantly edited, hauntingly scored, with powerhouse performances from every actor.

This wholly unnecessary remake on the other hand is amateurish swill - banal photography, drama-class acting (and why not? all the characters have been reduced to caricature), and soap-opera rewriting. It's basically a television movie with some sex and violence thrown in for the fan-boy crowd. It's even got the requisite car-chases, and supposedly pointed dialog about adultery and motivations, blah blah blah.

Graceless, visually dull, with no sympathetic characters, but a lotta boom! crash! foe those who think loud noises and pyrotechnics make up for lack of intelligence and imagination.




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