In Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 movie Straw Dogs, Dustin Hoffman plays an ineffectual intellectual, a mathematician, indeed, a nerd, who moves with his alluring wife to her hometown, in England. Local rowdies continually harass them, until Hoffman’s character executes a violent revenge.
The words “nerd” and “violent” do not usually go hand in hand, but the
harmlessness of nerds is hardly a settled formula.
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