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STRAW DOGS

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STRAW DOGS

Type of media Video

Approved Running time 105m 4s

BBFCInsight Contains strong bloody violence and one scene of sexual violence

Genre(s) Thriller

Director(s) Rod Lurie

Cast includes James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, James Woods

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 03/11/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

STRAW DOGS is a remake of the 1971 Sam Peckinpah thriller about a young couple who return to the woman’s childhood home, in this case the deep south of the US, where they find themselves terrorised and besieged by a gang of local thugs.

Violence

The film contains a number of scenes of strong bloody violence, most notably when the couple are besieged in their home. They fight off the attackers by setting traps around the building, including an animal trap being placed over an intruder's head, resulting in the man spitting out blood, and a man's fingers being nailed to a wall. There is also a particularly gory image showing a man’s leg split open, exposing a broken bone.

The film contains a single scene in which a woman is raped, first by her ex boyfriend and then by another member of the gang. Although the scene contains no clear nudity and no eroticisation of sexual violence, the scene is protracted and brutal.

The film also contains over fifty uses of strong language ('f**k').

Details

Title
STRAW DOGS
Year
2012
Distributor(s)
Sony DADC UK Limited
Classified date(s)
16/01/2012
Main language
English
Submitted run time
105m 4s
BBFC reference
AVF281018
Remarks
Widescreen

Components List

This work is made up of a number of separate components. Note that since February 2001 the BBFC has measured each component separately, but older works may not have the exact details, only a list of titles

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Rating information

The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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