I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 48

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AKA: Day of the Woman
Year: 1978
Directed by: Meir Zarchi
Starring: Camille Keaton (Jennifer), Richard Pace (Matthew), Eron Tabor (Johnny), Anthony Nichols (Stanley), Gunter Kleemann (Andy)
Country: United States
Language: English (English Subtitles)
Runtime: 01:41:18
Genres: Violence against Men, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Women, Revenge

Plot – Spoilers:
Jennifer is on a break from work assignments in New York and hopes to pen her first novel while renting a summer place in the countryside. She’s brimming with the excitement of a first-time writer and is happy and friendly, and so when she stops by a gas station, she indulgently gazes at a couple of bored men playing silly games there without making much of it.

A few days later while she’s relaxing by the river, the men drive by wildly in a motorboat, hooting and trying to impress her. Unimpressed with their country manners, Jennifer storms off disgusted and focuses on her writing. Meanwhile, one of their friends who’s a bit retarded and works as a delivery boy befriends her and boasts of being her boyfriend.

It turns out the obnoxious country boys aren’t as harmless as Jennifer thought, and also aren’t about to be dissuaded by her coldness.

7 thoughts on “I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

  • May 12, 2019 at 6:32 am
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    color, body shape, beautiful hair, nude heroine- vow! how a movie like that at 1978……? i can’t believe .But i like the movie a lot…!

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  • September 10, 2019 at 5:09 am
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    great movie for the 70’s, a little slow at times but by the end it finally lives up to its title. i enjoyed the contrast between how helpless she was when they were raping her and how helpless they were when she duped them. the characters were interesting as well, their dynamics were interesting and this movie did have a few surprisingly dark comedic moments. the ending was quite cold and matter of fact and for that reason, some people may be left with a bitter taste in their mouth after the credits roll, but this increases the effectivity of the movie from my perspective.

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  • April 12, 2020 at 7:32 pm
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    She swims out to the boat, climbs in, soaking wet, pushes the guy into the river… and is bone dry. Gotta love those 70s flicks!

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  • November 9, 2020 at 5:18 am
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    I always saw the remake and thought it was pretty rough, this however is absolutely way worse (content wise) however much better entertainment. Love this movie so much, more men should watch it

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  • April 13, 2021 at 5:13 pm
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    impressive visual quality for a 1978 movie!

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  • August 22, 2021 at 10:31 am
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    Great revenge flick. Hunted becomes the hunter. This was banned all over the place on its release, it would have been pretty shocking in its day, some of the controversy has worn off over time but it still packs a punch today with its savagery and grittiness and it has spawned a remake and 4 other episodes to follow it. A popular series for sure.

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