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

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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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A thoughtful character study of a man on the edge 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
 
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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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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A thoughtful character study of a man on the edge, 29 August 2005
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Cockfighter, another Roger Corman/Monte Hellman collaboration, explores the popular but mostly illegal "sport" of cockfighting (it is banned in 48 states). The film was marketed under several different titles but it never caught on and was virtually unseen until the Anchor Bay DVD release in 2001. Based on a novel by Charles Willeford, the film contains one of Warren Oates' best performances as Frank Mansfield, a trainer of prize cockfighters. Since he was disqualified for the "Cockfighter of the Year" award for excessive drinking and talking during a fight, Frank has taken a vow of silence and refuses to talk until he wins the medal. Filmed in actual outdoor arenas in Georgia (cockfighting was legal in Georgia) by cinematographer Nestor Almenderos (Days of Heaven, Kramer Vs. Kramer), the crowds at the matches consist of real fans and people who have participated in this brutal spectacle, giving the film a documentary look and feel.

In Cockfighter, we are privy to a world that none of us will probably ever see or ever want to see, a world where roosters are bred and trained to engage in a deadly battle with other birds for the benefit of gamblers and spectators. With cocks equipped with little metal hooks attached to their feet to make them more deadly, Cockfighting is shown for what it is, a violent bloody business filled with sleazy operators who have no feeling for the life and death of the animals. Though the roosters in the film were destined to be killed in matches anyway, there is animal violence in the film and those that object to this should be forewarned. I personally had to turn away from the screen on several occasions.

As the film begins, Frank has lost a match with his friendly adversary Jack (Harry Dean Stanton) and has to give up his truck, mobile home, and his girlfriend Dodo (Laurie Bird). Without wheels or money, he sells his house where his brother (Troy Donahue) and his sister-in-law (Millie Perkins) had been living and visits fiancée Mary Elizabeth (Patricia Pearcy). Mansfield is a driven man, yet also one who is thoughtful and gentle and the scenes with him and Mary "talking" about their future with a glittering lake in the background are unforgettable. Mary loves him and wants to get married but is clearly put off by cockfighting and will not go to a match. To shore up his finances, Frank goes into partnership with Omar (Richard B. Shull) and his luck seems to turn for the better. Like most films about sports or competition, the adversaries end up in the big match, in this case, the Southern Conference finals.

While Cockfighter contains some sports clichés, it is not a soap opera in any sense. Rather it is a thoughtful character study of a man on the edge, caught between the only profession he has ever known and a chance to escape a lifetime of loneliness. Although Oates says only a few words during the film, his facial expressions and hand gestures leave little doubt about what he is thinking and feeling. Hellman, true to the standard he set in his earlier films, has created a gritty and involving film that deserves a wider audience and Oates gives the film true character.

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