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American Cool: STRAW DOGS
July 21 @ 6:45 pm
“Straw Dogs may be the purest statement on violence in Peckinpah’s career, with implications so disturbing that critic Pauline Kael once famously dubbed it ‘a fascist classic.'” – The A.V. Club
“Sitting through Peckinpah’s controversial classic is not unlike watching a lit fuse make its slow, inexorable way toward its combustible destination—the taut build-up is as shocking and vicious as its fiery conclusion is inevitable.” – Slant Magazine
“Straw Dogs is overwhelming and, in the end, thought provoking because even through violence, nothing is solved. Nothing is easy. And, like the best Peckinpah, it forces you (and force is the right word) to look within yourself, to ask questions.” – Kim Morgan, The New Beverly
David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman), a mild-mannered academic from the United States, marries Amy (Susan George), an Englishwoman. In order to escape a hectic stateside lifestyle, David and his wife relocate to the small town in rural Cornwall where Amy was raised. There, David is ostracized by the brutish men of the village, including Amy’s old flame, Charlie (Del Henney). Eventually, the taunts escalate…
Dir. Sam Peckinpah. 1971. 118 min.
Stick around after the film! Redeem your ticket at the bar for $2 off any drink.