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Cockfighter (1974)

R | | Drama | August 1974 (USA)
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Southern action drama film about cockfighting.

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Frank Mansfield
Richard B. Shull ...
Omar Baradansky
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Jack Burke
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Tom Peeples
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Dody White Burke
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Randall Mansfield
Warren Finnerty ...
Sanders
Robert Earl Jones ...
Buford
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Mary Elizabeth
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Frances Mansfield
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Junior
Tom Spratley ...
Mister Peeples
Charles Willeford ...
Ed Middleton
Pete Munro ...
Packard
Kermit Echols ...
Fred Reed
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Frank Mansfield has wanted to win the Cockfighter of the Year medal for ages. Frank never speaks. After shooting his mouth off one too many times then losing a champion rooster in a casual hotel room cockfight, he swore never to speak again until he's won that award... He makes a bet with old crony Jack to be settled at the upcoming meet. Frank puts his car and his trailer on the line; he loses. Jack gets the trailer, and Frank's part-time girlfriend who goes with it. Frank's long-time girlfriend Mary Elizabeth wants him to get serious and settle down. But Frank has to raise some money for a new cock - $500 - then he can form a partnership with fellow cocksman Omar Baradansky and make another try for that medal... Written by David Woodfield

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Despite generally positive critical reception, this film was, according to Roger Corman, the only American International Pictures release to lose money. See more »

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Featured in Monte Hellman: American Auteur (1997) See more »

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Oates in fine form (as he always was).
12 March 2000 | by (York, Pa.) – See all my reviews

I`ll be quick and to the point without going into details about the film itself. I caught this a few years back for the first time on one of the movie channels and became immediately engrossed in it. A terrific character study with a performance by the late-great Warren Oates that consumes the screen.

The kind of film most people don`t have the attention span for anymore....and that`s a shame. If you`re familiar with Hellman`s work, and appreciate it, it`s a must see. 8/10


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