A slave owner in the 1840s trains one of his slaves to be a bare-knuckle fighter.

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Louis Turenne ...
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Slave owner Warren Maxwell insists that his son, Hammond, who is busy bedding the slaves he buys, marry a white woman and father him a son. While in New Orleans, he picks up a wife, Blanche, a "bed wench," Ellen, and a Mandingo slave, Mede, whom he trains to be a bare-knuckle fighting champion. Angered that Hammond is spending too much time with his slaves, Blanche beds down Mede. Written by Allen Smithee

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Expect The Savage. The Sensual. The Shocking. The Sad. The Powerful. The Shameful. Expect The Truth.

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25 July 1975 (USA)  »

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Mandingo - O Fruto da Vingança  »

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One of a number of 1970s productions about slavery. They include: Roots (1977), Slavers (1978), Ashanti (1979), Drum (1976), Mandingo (1975) Huckleberry Finn (1974), Goodbye Uncle Tom (1971), Uncle Tom's Cabin (1976), A Woman Called Moses (1978), Roots: The Next Generations (1979), and The Fight Against Slavery (1975). See more »

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About 18 minutes into the movie, when Dite tells Hammond that she's "knocked up", her leg changes position between shots. See more »

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Mede: I thought you was better than the white man, Masta. But you is just white!
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: I Spit on Your Grave: Part 2 (2013) See more »

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Born in This Time
Music by Maurice Jarre
Lyrics by Hitide Harris (as Hi Tide Harris)
Sung by Muddy Waters
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Shamefully underrated film.
20 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

This unflinching, hard-hitting look at slavery is a severely underrated and misjudged film. That's probably because it sheds light onto a tough, painful subject that many people would prefer to ignore or forget; if you're expecting a "slaves-and-masters-are-all-a-big-happy-family" depiction of the life in the mid-19th-century Southern plantations, then this simply isn't your movie.

"Mandingo" was followed, one year later, by "Drum". They are both far better films than their reputations might make you believe, and they are also handsome, almost sumptuous productions with a far lower "sleaze" quotient than many reviews seem to indicate. They are both worth seeing - preferably as a double bill. (***)


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