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Straw Dogs (2011)

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Los Angeles 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.


Rod Lurie


Rod Lurie (screenplay), David Zelag Goodman (earlier screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Megan Adelle ... Melissa
Jessica Dockrey Jessica Dockrey ... Helen (as Jessica Cook)


Screenwriter David Sumner travels with his wife Amy in his Jaguar to her homeland Blackwater, in Mississippi. Amy's father has passed away and David intends to write his screenplay about Stalingrad in the house. David hires the contractor Charlie and his team to repair the roof of the Barn. Amy was Charlie's sweetheart when she lived there and neither he nor his crew show respect to her now. Charlie invites David to hunt deer with his group and him; but they leave David alone in the woods and rape Amy. She does not tell David what happened. When the drunken coach Tom Heddon calls Charlie and his friends to hunt down the slow Jeremy Niles, who likes his daughter, David decides to protect not only Jeremy, but also Amy and his honor. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Don't let them in. See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence including a sexual attack, menace, some sexual content, and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Straw Dogs See more »

Filming Locations:

Bossier City, Louisiana, USA See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,123,760, 18 September 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,324,441, 9 October 2011
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | Datasat



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dustin Hoffman, who starred in (and famously disliked) the original film, Straw Dogs (1971), gave Rod Lurie his blessing. See more »


When Amy gets back from jogging, the amount of and position of the sweat on her top changes numerous times from scene to scene. See more »


Norman: See there Mr. Sumner, you ain't the only one with a trophy wife. Only difference is, mine's for third place.
Kristen: [very pregnant] Believe it or not, that's the most romantic thing he's ever said. That and, "You're what?"
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Alternate Versions

The versions released in India (English original and Hindi dubbed) are relatively shorter in duration as compared to the original. See more »


Referenced in Estrenos Críticos: Crepúsculo: Vampiros de Paja (2011) See more »


Für Elise
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Milder remake of an unpleasant classic
11 April 2014 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

For the first time ever, I was completely unbiased to watch a remake! Usually Hollywood always has the god-awful and annoying habit of remaking personal favorite horror/cult movies of mine that are already impeccable and not really suitable for improvement, but regarding "Straw Dogs" I felt a lot less concerned since I never was a die-hard admirer of Sam Peckinpah's original from 1971. Surely I acknowledge its importance and influence for the genre, but still mainly consider it to be a deeply unpleasant movie that all too enthusiastically glorifies senseless violence and somehow spreads the message that every man needs to undergo a couple of rape and violence rituals in order to become a real man. "Straw Dogs" 2011 also isn't just any random remake from an aspiring young director who desperately needed an obvious jumping board to success, but by the intelligent writer/director Rod Lurie. He inserted a couple of relevant changes (like the geographical transfer from redneck Southern England to redneck Southern United States) and efficiently put the emphasis on in-depth character development. There's still a fair portion of harsh violence and misogynic brutality in this version, mind you, but at least it's depicted in a lot less gratuitous and joyous way. The infamous rape sequence, for example, still evokes debates regarding provocation but at least the script doesn't all too obviously endorse the so-called 'rape-myth' that all women secretly desire to be physically dominated. The rest of the plot remains the same as well (also because it's a book adaption, of course) and thus focuses on a successful couple temporarily moving to the girl's hometown in Southern Mississippi. The (re-)integration in this traditional and underdeveloped community leads to embarrassing situations for the husband and humiliating confrontations for the wife, as her former boyfriend Charlie and his gang of tough huntsmen penetrate themselves into their lives. Things come to a bloody climax when David and Amy want to prevent the locals from executing private justice. "Straw Dogs" effectively bathes in grim and unsettling atmosphere and hugely benefices from the performances. James Marsden and Kate Bosworth are excellent, but particularly the local hillbillies are portrayed in a disturbingly realistic matter. Amongst them also the always reliable James Woods as a hellish football coach. Also, respecting the rules of cinema, there's some fuzz about a bear claw rather early in the film, so you just know this particularly gruesome and inventive murder instrument will be back in the finale as well.

PS: lovely soundtrack with, amongst others, the wondrous ballad "Summer Wine" by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood. I hadn't heard that song in years, but I now instantly added it to my play lists again.

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