Sunday in the Country

1974

Crime / Drama / Thriller

6
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 54%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 54% · 100 ratings
IMDb Rating 6.2/10 10 746 746

Director

Top cast

Ernest Borgnine as Adam Smith
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848.08 MB
1280*546
English 2.0
NR
24 fps
1 hr 32 min
Seeds 16
1.54 GB
1920*818
English 2.0
NR
24 fps
1 hr 32 min
Seeds 22

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by k-thomas 7 / 10

A very underrated film

I saw this movie when it came out in 1974. At this time after Straw Dogs, there was a lot of these revenge movies released such as Death Weekend, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre etc and i thought this was one of the best. At this period of time in America there was a lot of this type of crime going on and i believe that Hollywood were trying to send the message across not to lie down and take it, but stand up and fight. Ernest Borgnine and Michael J Pollard gave fine performances and both may i add have never been given the recognition they deserve as actors. Ernest Borgnine can give a fine performance in a sympathetic role such as Marty and at the same time can give a chilling performance in such films as From Here To Eternity and Emperor Of The North. Michael J Pollard of course in Bonny And Clyde and Hannibal Brooks. The DVD version i have bought is a little disappointing. It looks as if it has been an old video transfered to DVD. Therefor i think it is best to wait awhile before buying this film on DVD. Kevin Thomas.

Reviewed by The_Void 7 / 10

Impressively downbeat seventies thriller

Sunday in the Country is another one of those downbeat seventies thrillers, although it doesn't seem to take influence from the likes of The Last House on the Left despite its sadistic nature and torture-themed plot. The film takes in ideas of justice and whether or not a normal man can be justified in taking the law into his own hands as we follow three bank robbers who wind up at a country home where a man has plans not to let the police deal with them and instead decides to lock them in his basement and deal out justice himself, much to the dismay of his granddaughter who doesn't take kindly to his sadistic intent. The film builds tension by way of constantly putting the idea of whether or not the man will kill the robbers himself. This might not sound too interesting, but director John Trent does a good job of ensuring that the vigilante themes work well. Ernest Borgnine doesn't exactly show off his full talent in the lead role, but still brings credence and believability to a man who wants justice on his own terms. The rest of the cast aren't too good, but nobody performs below the standard of a B-movie picture like this. The country atmosphere is well shown, and even though the locations aren't stunning, they bode well with the feel of the movie. Overall, I can't say that this is a great film; but it's certainly a good one and comes recommended to fans of seventies cult cinema.

Reviewed by sol- 7 / 10

Sunday Bloody Sunday

'Vengeance is Mine' - also known as 'Sunday in the Country' - the plot of this Canadian thriller revolves around three deranged criminals who plan to force their way into a rural property to evade police pursuit. The film takes a while to warm up with over 40 minutes before farmer Ernest Borgnine and his granddaughter encounter the criminals at their home, but from the moment they meet, tension simmers. The film impressively avoids going in expected directions; this is not the typical home invasion film that one might anticipate, and without revealing too much, it can be said that the film questions whether we should sympathise with Borgnine, who overreacts to the home invaders. In fact, as the film wears on, he seems less and less mentally stable, with this gradual progression a testament to Borgnine's acting ability (by comparison, Michael J. Pollard is irritating throughout, even as he grows easier to relate to in the film's second half). Shot on location in rural Ontario, the film benefits from its isolated setting, which at first makes Borgnine seem all the more vulnerable until we realise just how hard it is for absolutely anyone to get help there given how far away the nearest neighbours are. 'Vengeance is Mine' might not have big shocks as in films like 'Straw Dogs' and 'Death Wish', to which it is often compared, but it comes with a quiet power and lingers in the mind long after it is over.

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