Straw Dogs: Unleash the Hounds

by Ethan Alter September 16, 2011 6:00 am
<i>Straw Dogs</i>: Unleash the Hounds

Released in 1971, Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs is one of the more controversial entries in that noted provocateur's filmography. No stranger to upsetting audiences -- after all, this was the guy who filmed Hollywood icons William Holden and Ernest Borgnine being shot to bloody pulps at the end of the 1969 Western The Wild Bunch -- Peckinpah pushed the envelope even further in this story of dorky mathematician David (Dustin Hoffman) who is forced to man up and defend his wife Amy (Susan George) and their remote English homestead against a gang of thugs with murder on their minds. But that wasn't the shocking part.

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