Straw Dogs

Straw Dogs

Rod Lurie (2011)

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Our Score
If you've never seen Sam Peckinpah's 1971 controversial original, or if you've seen it but don't rate it, then this slick remake is adequate enough. Here, the action is relocated from rural England to redneck America as newlyweds David (James Marsden) and Amy (Kate Bosworth) move to her Mississippi home town. He's a screenwriter. She's a moderately successful TV actress whose return puts her back on the radar of an ex-boyfriend (True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard) and his bozo buddies. Ambiguous rape precedes unambiguous violence, which may offend, but mostly because this is one of those remakes that feels like the product of lazy thinking. The acting is OK and, if the scenes of rape and violence are no longer as shocking as they were 40 years ago, that may be more a reflection of how audiences have become inured to such things than of any shortcomings in the way it's directed by Rod Lurie (The Contender).


A couple return to the wife's Deep South home town, where tensions are raised in their marriage by the presence of her resentful ex-boyfriend. The conflict that develops between the outsiders and the locals turns violent, forcing the new arrivals to fight for their lives. Thriller remake, starring James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, James Woods and Alexander Skarsgard.

Cast & Crew

David Sumner James Marsden
Amy Sumner Kate Bosworth
Charlie Alexander Skarsgård
Tom Heddon James Woods
Jeremy Niles Dominic Purcell
John Burke Laz Alonso
Janice Heddon Willa Holland
Daniel Niles Walton Goggins
Norman Rhys Coiro
Chris Billy Lush
Director Rod Lurie
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Contains swearing and violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 4 Nov 2011