• Straw Dogs (2011)

Straw Dogs

Release Date: September 16th, 2011

DVD Release Date: December 20th, 2011

R |1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary

Married couple David (James Marsden) and Amy (Kate Bosworth) move to her hometown of Blackwater, Miss., after her father's death. They have a plan to renovate Amy's old home and prepare it for sale while David works on his latest screenplay. However, the sophisticated couple's arrival stirs resentment and suspicion among the locals, especially from Charlie (Alexander Skarsgård), Amy's former boyfriend. Tension continues to build, leading to an extremely violent confrontation.

Cast: James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgård, James Woods, Dominic Purcell, Rhys Coiro, Billy Lush, Laz Alonso

Director: Rod Lurie

Genres: Thriller , Drama

Production Co: Battleplan Productions

Distributors: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Keywords: Husband, Revenge, Marriage, Underdog, Gripping, Small town, Love, 2010s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 40

    This new version of Straw Dogs, written and directed by Rod Lurie, has been contemporized, sanitized and stripped of all complexity, and what's left is as empty as a used piñata. show more

  • 50
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Whereas Peckinpah managed not only to raise hackles but to get under the skin, Lurie manages only the former, which reduces the material to the level of sensation-mongering. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Rod Lurie has made a first-rate film of psychological warfare, and yes, I thought it was better than Peckinpah's. Marsden, Bosworth and Skarsgard are all persuasive, and although James Woods has played a lot of evil men during his career, this one may be the scariest. show more

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