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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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While trying to come up with an ad campaign to this seemingly unmarketable film, American International's advertising committee came up with this humorous fake tagline: "He came into town with his cock in hand, and what he did with it was illegal in 49 states." See more »

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Warren Oates gives the performance of his career
5 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am one of the few people who managed to see this in the UK, because it was banned, an understandable if incorrect decision, as the film does not glamorise the unpleasant "sport" of cock fighting. Neither is it really the subject of the film, it just happens to be the driver of the obsessions of the central character played by Warren Oates, and what a completely mesmeric compelling portrait he gives! He has always been one of my favourite film actors, and this IMO is his best performance. Anyone interested in the craft of film acting, or the independent Ameriacn movies spawned by "Easy Rider" must see this haunting, unsettling and beautiful movie, which I believe to be unjustly neglected, and severely underrated.


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