Type of media Film
Approved Running time 109m 33s
Release date 04/11/2011
BBFCInsight Contains strong bloody violence and one scene of sexual violence
Director(s) Rod Lurie
Cast includes James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, James Woods
Cut This work was passed uncut.
BBFCinsight publication date 25/10/2011
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STRAW DOGS is a remake of the 1971 Sam Peckinpah thriller about a young couple who return to the womans childhood home, in this case the deep south of the US, where they find themselves terrorised and besieged by a gang of local thugs. The film was classified 18 for strong bloody violence and one scene of sexual 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 mans leg split open, exposing a broken bone. These moments exceed the terms of the BBFCs Guidelines at 15, which state 'Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury. The strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable. Strong sadistic [...] violence is unlikely to be acceptable'.
In terms of the representation of sexual violence, the Guidelines at '15' state 'Any portrayal of sexual violence must be discreet and have a strong contextual justification'. 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 protracted nature of the scene renders it less than discreet, as does the level of brutality shown. Accordingly, the scene is more appropriately classified at '18'.
The film also contains over fifty uses of strong language.
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