Excerpt: David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman) is a simple man, he’s a young mathematician in America who is tired of the endless violence. He seeks to take up a quieter, more serene lifestyle, so he moves to the English countryside. This isn’t much of a reach for Sumner, as his wife Amy (Susan George) is English and she welcomes the return.
Excerpt: The Movie An American scholar, David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman) moves to rural England with his pretty, free-spirited wife, seeking peace and quiet for him to work on his book, but also to avoid the social upheaval on campuses back home. He's promptly introduced to the quick violence and the barely-there police presence in this town, while the audience is shown the nasty nature of the locals.
Excerpt: Into the remake debate we enter as Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs is closely remade with just a dose of flash. What really matters? Accuracy? Respect? Tension? It’s too complex and too convoluted to debate at length, because sides bicker and no one looks at the end product. Director Rod Lurie steps on some well worn toes with mixed results, namely James Marsden who is simply built as a fragile flower, too much so.
Conclusion: Rod Lurie's remake of Sam Peckinpah's classic psychological thriller, 'Straw Dogs,' suffers from a lack of the same slow build-up of apprehension and suspense which made the original such a memorable piece of filmmaking. Some small variations of the story for modern audiences can be appreciated, but much of the film ultimately falls short though it still makes for a good effort.
Conclusion: Straw Dogs isn't an all-time great movie or the definitive remake or re-imaging, but it's a solid, all-around performer that frazzles the audience's nerves, challenges the audience's minds, and captures the audience's attention and imagination and never lets go. It sports good character development and strongly defined arcs; fine performances; quality cinematography; steady direction; hard-hitting action; and a palpable, thick atmosphere that's made of equal parts uneasy...
Excerpt: Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs is a shocking, funny, exciting and deeply troubling movie - in short, a masterpiece. It's a hand grenade of a film, tossed to the viewer just as it's about to explode and the effect is devastating. Where most controversial films of the past tend to look rather tame, Peckinpah's film is just as horribly disturbing as it was to audiences in 1971.
Excerpt: Sam Peckinpah’s most controversial film Straw Dogs finally makes its way on to Blu-Ray this week, just in time for its 40th anniversary and to coincide with the release of the remake (out in the UK on 4th November, and reviewed here ). It was made during a difficult period in Peckinpah’s life when he’d been blacklisted by Hollywood, after the catastrophic production of The Ballad of Cable Hogue, and his drinking problem had started to take hold.
Summary: The film’s listed as one of those 1001 Movies To See Before You Die and with good reason. It was a statement movie that wasn’t really appreciated until years late. Still, it might still not have made it to Blu-ray if not for the remake. If you’ve missed it all of these years, it’s lucky that MGM has finally brought this one out. Consider that they’re trying to “ give you one more chance “.