Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Starring: Dustin Hoffman (David Sumner), Susan George (Amy Sumner), Del Henney (Charlie Venner), Peter Vaughan (Tom Hedden), Ken Hutchison (Norman Scutt), Jim Norton (Chris Cawsey), Donald Webster (Phil Riddaway), Sally Thomsett (Janice Hedden), David Warner (Henry Niles), T. P. McKenna (Major John Scott)
Country: UK, British Cinema
Language: English (Eng Subs)
Genres: Home Invasion, Rape-Women
Plot – Spoilers:
A mathematics researcher David Sumner has just arrived in the English countryside from America with his wife Amy. They move into Amy’s old place that needs work done on it. A few local men are employed for this, including Charlie Venner. Charlie and Amy had a thing going years back, and David is immediately insecure about Charlie’s presence around his wife.
David is an academic snob but also acutely conscious of his physical shortcomings. He tries to compensate for this by being overly friendly with the locals, including Charlie, none of whom particularly warm to his attempts at sidling up to them. In fact, their contempt for his lack of their roughness only grows.
For Amy, being back in her hometown only further reminds her of the things David lacks. And the couple’s squabbles don’t go unnoticed by Charlie and his friends, who can’t wait to stick one into Amy.
Dustin Hoffman dazzles with his mastery over geeky mannerisms in his portrayal of a man whose masculinity is being shredded to pieces, while he can only watch.