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Straightheads [Blu-ray]

Danny Dyer , Gillian Anderson , Dan Reed    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Danny Dyer, Gillian Anderson
  • Directors: Dan Reed
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Verve Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Jun 2011
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004UA8ORC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,756 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When Adam is invited by a beautiful, confident older woman (Alice) he has just met to accompany her to a lavish party in the country he knows he is going to have the best night of his life. Following mind-blowing sex, the pair speed away from the party down a wooded and desolate road in Alice s car. In a moment of distraction a fateful collision occurs leadingto a vicious and brutal attack that results in a consequent vendetta where Adam and Alice must fight violence with violence. A dark and disturbing sexual thriller, STRAIGHTHEADS is a brutal and uncompromising tale of lust, violence and self-preservation.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Benminx
Format:DVD
Not for weak stomachs, this is a deliberately challenging and harsh 'eye for an eye' picture. Gillian Anderson and Danny Dyer make for an intruiging couple as Alice and Adam. She's a high flyer. He fits TVs. But when she invites him on a date to a lavish country house party, and the two end up getting together, it looks like things couldn't go much better.
They couldn't. It's horrendously downhill from there as they offend a local driver and he decides to set his psychotic friends on them in order to keep their predatory attentions away from his own daughter.
Suddenly Adam and Alice find their night going to hell, as Adam is savagely beaten half to death, and Alice is gang raped.
Recovering back in her lavish flat, it looks as if the couple might manage to put the events behind them, until Alice runs across knowledge of where the attackers live, and realises that she can't let go...worse, that she needs revenge and won't rest until she's got it...
This turns into a very harsh and challenging film of conflicting goals, tested morals, and a study of how far people can go when driven by rage.
As Adam and Alice close in on their prey, it's obvious that maybe their sanity is cracking along with their bonds.
It's a highly dramatic film. Gillian Anderson is superb as Alice, and Danny Dyer is more serious, less cheeky chappy than usual. As a result they make a fascinating pairing of age difference and culture clash. There's also friction about just how far they should go, which is acted believably and feels very realistic.
The ending, when it comes, is a violent, traumatic and emotionally cathartic climax that is hard to watch but also not unexpected. What is unexpected is the way the different characters react. It's brutal and bleak, and emotionally draining, and you may feel a little uncomfortable afterwards. But any harsh exploitation film that's trying to make an important point should perhaps make you feel that way.
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89 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally violent but never gratuitous 30 April 2007
By Jaybird
Format:DVD
Straightheads is the story about a successful, controlling career woman, Alice, played by Gillian Anderson, who decides to take her young alarm man, Adam, played by Danny Dyer, on a date.

However both Adam and Alice are assaulted on the way home, following which their lives become entwined, with both obsessed with how they were hurt, unable to speak of it to others. When Alice discovers where one of the attackers lives, she persuades Adam to consider revenge.

The film is not so much about revenge as about violence, in particular how violence begets violence. It explores themes of war indirectly, including how armies protect, and fail to protect, soldiers from the dehumanising effect of perpetrating violence. Although not set in a war zone, many of the characters have a military background - including Alice's father.

It is also a film about moral contingencies, about how it is impossible to judge another's actions by absolute standards, unless you have been in the same situation.

A film about violence that failed to show that violence would be cheating, but this film is never gratuitous or voyeuristic. We understand what happened to Alice and Adam, how the attack felt, how it damaged them, by observing the aftermath it leaves behind.

Set in idyllic English countryside, the film is beautifully shot and elegantly directed.

Anderson and Dyer give brilliant, understated performances, who undergo a real journey in the course of the film. They are ably supported by the rest of the cast.

An pertinent film, that deserves viewing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars effective casting and camerawork 2 April 2014
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Straightheads is not a very pleasant film, but judged on its own terms it is probably quite good. The violence is nasty but at least the camera is not on the violent contact itself. It tells the story of a revenge for a brutal attack and rape, with the interest mainly on the psychological trauma and the unpredictable aftershock. This is quite convincing, managing to convey its meanings through minimal dialogue. This in itself is an asset, as it makes the whole thing quite terse, and the photography is good throughout the 75 minutes running time. It feels less exploitative than some films of this genre. Gillian Anderson is photogenic in the lead, and nicely contrasted to Danny Dyer, who exudes a certain sexiness in some of the non-violent scenes, especially before the catastrophe. I would have liked to see them in different material. I bought the film to see him, really, as I had liked him in Borstal Boy, which is a more lyrical film altogether. He is also excellent in the short film Wasp by Andrea Arnold, included as an extra with Fish Tank.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good British film 11 Sep 2008
By Peter Wade VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I usually read the reviews before I decide to view the film particularly if I have never heard of it. The reviews were mixed.

I like a good revenge film as it is something we have all thought about but never have the guts to do.

In this case a successful career woman takes up with a much younger man who has just happened to come round and fit safety devices in her house. She is the super sexy and sophisticated business woman and he watches her undress and keeps the clip. She knows she is being watched and then decides to go out with him. She takes him to a party. They hardly know each other but after the party they are attacked on the way home. He is badly injured and she is raped. The violence is not graphic.

Their lives are bound together by the tragedy and they try to recover. Her father dies and she moves back to the area where the attack took place.

One day she spots one of her attackers. There are times in the film when you jump with surprise and shock and that keeps you watching. When she spots her attacker she decides on revenge but the younger lover is not so keen.

If the film has any faults it is the fact that you know so little about the couple that you are no drawn into to be sympathetic of their plight. The attackers are shadowy figures and you know very little about them

You do not have the opportunity to hate them and the main one who raped her is treated sympathetically as he explains why he did it.

In a revenge film you want to have total sympathy wit the victims and total hatred for the attackers. In this film you are torn as you do not know enough about each.
Also normally you are encouraged to relish the end of each of the baddies but this does not happen here.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Mercifully short...
After the installation of an alarm system by Adam in her fancy upper class apartment, Alice invites him to go with her in her boss' party in the countryside. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars rather good little thriller
brought this because of mrs anderson , and was very surprised danny dyer can act this has to go down as one of his best if not best performance . Read more
Published 11 months ago by Iain Mcpherson
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Danny dyer fan but,,,,,,
this movie is defiantly worth 4 maybe 5 if you really love dyer this movie is not extremely graphic leaves more to the imagination however there is a violent rape believe me I've... Read more
Published 12 months ago by dave
3.0 out of 5 stars Not to everyone's taste ... strong sexual violence.
Interesting story, well acted. Some scenes over violent. Not to everyone's taste. Danny Dyer good as always. Gillian Anderson excellent!!
Published 15 months ago by Steve
3.0 out of 5 stars Anderson's turn as city slicker Alice is the highlight!
Twisted is the best way to describe Straightheads, a low-budget British revenge thriller from up-and-coming writer/director Dan Reed. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Paul Townsend
3.0 out of 5 stars OK purchase
This film was recommended by a friend. The purchase was fine everything with the order and supply times went well.
Published 18 months ago by Mr K McKenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars "..BRILIANT LITTLE GEM.."
This film is without a doubt one of the gems of 2007. Its a simple good old revenge movie! for a first time director he has done a brilliant job!! Read more
Published on 29 April 2012 by S. Drury
5.0 out of 5 stars "..GEM OF A FILM.."
This film is without a doubt very cool Its a simple good old revenge movie! for a first time director he has done a brilliant job!! Read more
Published on 21 April 2012 by S. Drury
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor
This is a poor low-key low budget revenge film. Some menace and brutal story keep it jogging along but it is somewhat too silly to be anything but a below par thriller. Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2011 by T. BROOKES
5.0 out of 5 stars GILLIAN ANDERSON at her Best but not the DVD
Straightheads [DVD] [2007]I loved the movie particularly the acting by Gillian Andersen. The story is well edited. The violence though at times seems really repulsive. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2010 by BABU VARMA
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