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Old 08-20-2018, 09:04 AM
Location: England
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Originally Posted by ironpony View Post
But Susan George's character actually enjoyed the rape and seemed to think that the rapist was more of a man than her husband's so why would she despise her husband for failing, when she herself enjoyed the rape? It just seems contradictory or hypocritical of her.
It's hard for me to discuss this fully, because I haven't seen the film for many decades....... But, I seem to remember, Susan's character had a relationship with the rapist in the past. He understood her, and how her mind worked. She did start to enjoy the rape, which wasn't a violent one. But then, the rapist's friend entered the home, and waved a gun, and decided it was his turn.

This was when Susan's character panicked, and it turned into a real rape. She couldn't tell her husband what happened, but she had anger that because of his inertia, these people, and some workmen had started to behave badly.

Later in the film, a policeman is murdered, which is witnessed by Dustin and Susan's characters. It then becomes obvious the murderers have to kill these witnesses. This is when Dustin makes his stand to save both their lives.

There are weaknesses in the plot as you say. But as I remember it, seeing it in a cinema, the audience were drawn into the story, as Dustin fought for their lives.
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Old 08-20-2018, 12:17 PM
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Okay thanks, I understand these points I think, but since the rape never came up again after, what did it have to do with them breaking in to get the guy, Hoffman's character was protecting?

That would have happened either way, so why was the rape necessary to the plot?
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Old 08-23-2018, 10:42 AM
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Susan flashed out the window seductively to the ex boyfriend, she wanted to have sex with him. I don't think she expected his friend to take a turn, but she didn't tell David because she initiated this. The entire movie I had this weird but comforting feeling of being glad I wasn't in David's shoes - maybe that's the point of the movie who knows, but I thought it was a great movie.
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Old 08-23-2018, 02:48 PM
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But Susan didn't flash out to him on purpose, he just saw her by accident. I guess she didn't turn away right away either though. I guess I just felt that if David found out about the rape that that would add new plot layer options, and that it was a missed opportunity.

It feels they introduced a gun, but never fired it, if that makes sense.
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Old 08-23-2018, 04:55 PM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Originally Posted by mandavaran View Post
As far as I'm concerned, it was all about Susan George's boobs.
Yeh, I have to agree. At age 18 when I saw it at the theater, that was the only interesting part.
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