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Cockfighter -- Southern action drama film about cockfighting.
Cockfighter -- Southern action drama film about cockfighting.

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Writers:
Charles Willeford (novel)
Charles Willeford (screenplay)
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August 1974 (USA) See more »
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Southern action drama film about cockfighting. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Existential Modern Western See more (24 total) »

Cast

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Warren Oates ... Frank Mansfield
Richard B. Shull ... Omar Baradansky

Harry Dean Stanton ... Jack Burke

Ed Begley Jr. ... Tom Peeples

Laurie Bird ... Dody White Burke

Troy Donahue ... Randall Mansfield
Warren Finnerty ... Sanders
Robert Earl Jones ... Buford
Patricia Pearcy ... Mary Elizabeth

Millie Perkins ... Frances Mansfield

Steve Railsback ... Junior
Tom Spratley ... Mister Peeples
Charles Willeford ... Ed Middleton
Pete Munro ... Packard
Kermit Echols ... Fred Reed
Ed Smith ... Whipple
Jimmy Williams ... Buddy Waggoner
John Trotter ... Hansen
Lois Zeitlin ... Lucille
Joe Bentley ... Peach Owen
A.B. Greeson ... Pete Chocolate
Bob Hannah ... Deputy sheriff (as Bob Earl Hannah)
Sara Rickman ... Martha Middleton
Meg Brush ... Mary Elizabeth's mother
Oliver Coleman ... Senator Foxhall
Donnie Fritts ... Gangleader - old man mask
Bobby Dunn ... Gambler
Kim Bernard ... Gambler
Ank Carleton ... Captain Mack
Billy Abbott ... Referee
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dickey Betts ... Cigarette mask (uncredited)
Steven Gaydos ... Nixon mask (uncredited)

Directed by
Monte Hellman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Willeford  novel "Cockfighter"
Charles Willeford  screenplay

Produced by
Roger Corman .... producer
Samuel W. Gelfman .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Franks 
 
Cinematography by
Néstor Almendros 
 
Film Editing by
Lewis Teague 
Monte Hellman (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Michael Chinich 
Don Phillips 
 
Art Direction by
Charles L. Hughes  (as Charlie Hughes)
Pat Mann 
 
Production Management
Peter Cornberg .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Walters .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Ed Turney .... props
 
Sound Department
Lee Alexander .... sound mixer
Richard Bryce Goodman .... boom operator
Kendrick Sweet .... sound effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Laurie Bird .... still photographer
Leslie Otis .... first assistant camera
Larry Robertson .... grip
Tom Skarda .... best boy
Bill Tharp .... key grip
Hal Trussell .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Civitello .... assistant wardrobe
Carol Hammond .... wardrobe
Patty Shaw .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Hal Harrison .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Leonard Allen .... location coordinator
Frances Doel .... script girl
Frances Doel .... script supervisor (as Frances Kimbrough)
Steven Gaydos .... production assistant
John Trotter .... technical advisor
Bob Watkins .... production assistant
Lois Zeitlin .... production assistant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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83 min
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Trivia:
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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Referenced in Final Exam (1981)See more »

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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Existential Modern Western, 5 October 2004
Author: noahsnyc from Los Angeles, CA

"Cockfighter" is one of a number of collaborations between Monte Hellman and Warren Oates, with a brilliant, austere script written by Charles Willeford (also author of the book) and equally simple yet elegant cinematography by Nestor Alemendros, D.P. of Malick's "Badlands" and "Days of Heaven".

This film really captures an emerging respect and relationship between Hellman and Oates, who barely utters a word through the whole film. Like "The Shooting", "Ride in the Whirlwind" and "Two-lane Blacktop", Hellman turns to Oates for a unique and character-driven performance.

It's qualities envoke a very specific 60s and 70s motif of existentialism, a rambling from place to place and between relationships. Oates' stoicism really carries the feel of the film, with very honest performances from supporting actors Harry Dean Stanton, Richard B. Shull and Laurie Bird.

While not wanting to ruin the plot, it must be stated that the "sport" of cockfighting, while playing a part in the plot and cinematography, is really the backdrop of the story. Oates' Frank Mansfield is the true subject of the film, who, from the beginning, is a broken man on a mission, willing to keep going against the odds for his small piece of redemption. His path is very idiosyncratic, yet empathy for his positions and desires is universal.

From the cover and other reviews, it may seem that "Cockfighter" is an adventure film, rife with shock value and violence. While there are distinctly beautiful and poignant images of cockfighting (animal lovers beware), it's pace and personality are more like that of an "art film". In an effort to market the film by famed "shock" producer Roger Corman, posters and alternate titles ("Born to Kill") depict a film for a mass, Middle-American audience ready to see blood drawn.

As a huge fan of Hellman and Oates, especially Cockfighter, my opinion is that the marketing of the film and it's outer "cover" (literally and figuratively) were designed to get it seen at any cost.

This is Independent Film before it had a name, when it was simply at any cost and by any means. "Cockfighter" is a film full of philosophy, humility and respect, underrated if one ever was.

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