Straw Dogs

Dir: Sam Peckinpah
Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Peter Vaughan
113mins   18   English   

Introduced by Robert Senior

Sam Peckinpah examines the instinctual capacity for violence in his controversial 1971 film, loosely based on the novel The Siege of Trencher's Farm. To avoid the Vietnam-era social chaos in the US, American mathematician David Sumner moves with his British wife, Amy, to the isolated Cornish town where she grew up, but their presence provokes antagonism among the village's men. As the hostilities escalate, David finds his pacifistic self backed into a corner.

'The questions it raises about sexual consent, masculinity, and humanity's penchant for violence are as urgent today as they were in 1971' - Eric Melin,

Part of The Peckinpah Thrillers season


Tue 26 February