You'd never know from the way this past September's 'Straw Dogs'opened and closed with so little fanfare that it was a remake of a movie whose unflinching depiction of graphic violence created a controversy that has never fully abated. Nor would you know that the original 'Straw Dogs' (released exactly 40 years ago, on December 29, 1971) was a landmark film that gave Dustin Hoffman one of his meatiest roles, made a star of Susan George, solidified Sam Peckinpah's reputation (fairly or not) as Hollywood's most macho and bloodthirsty director, and influenced countless filmmakers who followed (most notably, Quentin Tarantino and Edgar Wright, who wear their 'Straw Dogs' fandom on their sleeves). As notorious as 'Straw Dogs' was in its day, you may not know the story behind the making of the film -- a tale of mismatched lovers, alcohol, rage, and bloodshed that seemed to echo what ended up on the screen.
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Straw Dogs
R1971
In Theaters on November 1, 2002

David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman), a mild-mannered academic from the United States, marries Amy (Susan George),... Read More

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Straw Dogs
R2011
Based on 29 critics

Married couple David (James Marsden) and Amy (Kate Bosworth) move to her hometown of Blackwater, Miss.,... Read More