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Straw Dogs Straw Dogs is a 1971 USA / UK thriller by Sam Peckinpah.
Starring Dustin Hoffman, Susan George and Peter Vaughan. IMDb US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Censorship History

The BBFC advised cuts on seeing early rough cuts of the film. The advise was adopted for the 1972 cinema release which became the definitive version of the film.The film was cut in the US for an R rated theatrical release. The cuts were to the 2 rape scenes, and famously seemed to convert Susan George being taken from behind into a scene of anal rape.

The definitive version was released several times on pre-cert VHS between 1980 and 1985.

The BBFC procrastinated for several years over a post VRA video release, effectively banning the video. The BBFC particularly objected to the first rape scene where the Susan George character ended up enjoying the sex. The cut US R rated version was eventually formally banned twice in 1995.

The cut US R rated version was passed 18 uncut by the BBFC for a 1995 cinema release.

The film was unbanned on video in 2002 when the definitive version was passed 18 uncut for DVD.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Straw Dogs.

See also Gavin Salkeld’s Cutting Edge Episode 39: Straw Dogs

Promotional Material

In this thriller, arguably Sam Peckinpah s most controversial film, David (Dustin Hoffman), a young American mathematician, moves with his English wife, Amy (Susan George), to the village where she grew up. Their sense of safety unravels as the local men David has hired to repair their house prove more interested in leering at Amy and intimidating David, beginning an agonizing initiation into the iron laws of violent masculinity that govern Peckinpah s world. Working outside the U.S. for the first time, the filmmaker airlifts the ruthlessness of the western frontier into Cornwall in Straw Dogs, pushing his characters to their breaking points as the men brutalize Amy and David discovers how far he ll go to protect his home culminating in a harrowing climax that lays out this cinematic mastermind s eloquent and bloody vision of humanity. BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
-New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
-Audio commentary from 2003 by Stephen Prince, author of Savage Cinema: Sam Peckinpah and the Rise of Ultraviolent Movies
-Mantrap: Straw Dogs The Final Cut, a 2003 documentary about the making of the film, featuring cast and crew
-Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron, a 1993 documentary about the director featuring actors Kris Kristofferson, Jason Robards, Ali MacGraw, and many others
-New conversation between film critic Michael Sragow and filmmaker Roger Spottiswoode, who worked as one of the editors on the film
-New interview with film scholar Linda Williams about the controversies surrounding the film
-Archival interviews with actor Susan George, producer Daniel Melnick, and Peckinpah biographer Garner Simmons
-Behind-the-scenes footage
-TV spots and trailers
-PLUS: An essay by scholar and critic Joshua Clover

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Straw Dogs Ultimate Anniversary Blu rayDavid Z Goodman, who died on September 26 aged 81, wrote the screenplay for the controversial thriller Straw Dogs (1971), one of the great banned films of the 1970s, which revealed rural Britain to be just as brutal as the mean streets of downtown America. Though based on The Siege Of Trencher’s Farm, a 1969 novel by the Scottish author Gordon Williams, the director, Sam Peckinpah, ordered Goodman to write in some controversial scenes that do not occur in the original.

David Zelag Goodman was born on January 15 1930 in New York. His orthodox Jewish parents wanted him to become a rabbi, sending him to a yeshiva to be trained. But at 18 he became totally secular, took a degree in English at Queens’ College, studied Drama at Yale University, and became a playwright.

His film breakthrough came in England in 1959, at the Bray studios in Berkshire, with the script for the Hammer adventure film Stranglers of Bombay. During the 1960s he wrote American television episodes of The Untouchables, Combat! and Mr Broadway.

For Hollywood Goodman scripted the mystery thriller Man on a Swing (1974), starring Cliff Robertson, and Farewell, My Lovely (1975), a remake of the Raymond Chandler story starring Robert Mitchum as Philip Marlowe.

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UK 2011 Freemantlemedia 40th Anniversary Blu-ray at UK Amazon for release on 24th October 2011

Straw Dogs Ultimate Anniversary Blu rayStraw Dogs is a 1971 UK drama by Sam Peckinpah. See IMDb

Passed 18 uncut for:

  • UK 2011 Freemantlemedia 40th Anniversary Blu-ray at UK Amazon for release on 24th October 2011
  • UK 2004 Prism R2 DVD
  • UK 2002 Pearson Television/Freemantlemedia R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • UK 2002 Pearson Television/Freemantlemedia VHS

Previously the cut US R Rated Version was banned by the BBFC for:

  • UK 1999 VCI VHS
  • UK 1999 Total Home Entertainment VHS

After an inordinate delay for procrastination, the BBFC commented:

The BBFC offered a list of cuts to the video’s distributor but because their period of rights had elapsed, they were unable to consider making the requested cuts.

After the politically correct empowerment of the BBFC on the back of the Video Recordings Act, the video version became verbatim. The grass roots examiners of the BBFC continually recommended a relaxation of the ban yet the politicians of the Board  could never confirm their views.

The cause of the problems for the BBFC is that the first rape scene has Susan George’s character initially being forcibly assaulted but then she seemingly starts to enjoy it.