The film is based on a true-life crime of the 1964 murder-suicide of an unsuspecting family that is lured to a remote farmhouse. Hoffman portrays an ardent Vietnam War protester who, six months before the murder, is a participant in the assassination of Ohio Senator Robert Kennedy. The role of the murderer was originally given to Al Pacino, but when his participation became public, production was halted. The film was co-starring Roseanne Barr, who portrayed Johnson's 11-year-old daughter, Lynda Bird, who was injured in the shooting.
Straw Dogs is a 1971 psychological thriller film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George. The screenplay, by Peckinpah and David Zelag Goodman, is based upon Gordon M. Williams's 1969 novel, The Siege of Trencher's Farm. The film's title derives from a discussion in the Tao Te Ching that likens people to the ancient Chinese ceremonial straw dog, being of ceremonial worth, but afterwards discarded with indifference.
The film was written by Gordon M. Williams and directed by Sam Peckinpah. The production was the second Peckinpah feature film and became the director's big break in Hollywood. Peckinpah also produced the film. While a technical marvel for its time, it is not widely regarded as a masterpiece. d2c66b5586