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Straw Dogs

4

Banned because of a troubling "no-means-yes" rape scene, Sam Peckinpah's Cornish western - - the lynch mob say "ooh-aw" instead of "yee-haw" - - now finds its way onto DVD uncut.

It's a harrowing, expertly assembled drama, Dustin Hoffman's cowardly mathematician pissing off the straw-chewing yokels, not least because he's married one of their own (the lovely Susan George). Their bully-boy tactics get steadily out of hand, culminating in a siege of Hoffman's farmhouse - - brutal catharsis after an hour-and-a-half of drip-feed tension.

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