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Release Date:
25 July 1975 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Expect The Savage. The Sensual. The Shocking. The Sad. The Powerful. The Shameful. Expect The Truth.
Plot:
A slave owner in the 1840s trains one of his slaves to be a bare-knuckle fighter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Absolute power corrupts absolutely See more (58 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

James Mason ... Warren Maxwell

Susan George ... Blanche Maxwell

Perry King ... Hammond Maxwell
Richard Ward ... Agamemnon
Brenda Sykes ... Ellen

Ken Norton ... Mede
Lillian Hayman ... Lucrezia Borgia
Roy Poole ... Doc Redfield
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Cicero

Paul Benedict ... Brownlee

Ben Masters ... Charles
Ray Spruell ... Wallace
Louis Turenne ... De Veve
Duane Allen ... Topaz
Earl Maynard ... Babouin
Beatrice Winde ... Lucy

Debbi Morgan ... Dite
Irene Tedrow ... Mrs. Redfield
Reda Wyatt ... Big Pearl
Simone McQueen ... Madam Caroline
Evelyn Hendrickson ... Beatrix
Stanley J. Reyes ... Major Woodford (as Stanley Reyes)
John Barber ... Le Toscan

Durwyn Robinson ... Meg
Kerwin Robinson ... Alph
Deborah Ann Young ... Tense
Debra Blackwell ... Blonde Girl
Kuumba ... Black Mother
Stocker Fontelieu ... Wilson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edwin Edwards ... Gambler (scenes deleted)

Sylvester Stallone ... Young Man in Crowd (scenes deleted)
Warren Kenner ... (uncredited)
Laura Misch Owens ... Prostitute (uncredited)
Rosemary Tichenor ... Slave-Buying Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Fleischer 
 
Writing credits
Kyle Onstott (novel)

Jack Kirkland (play)

Norman Wexler (screenplay)

Produced by
Dino De Laurentiis .... producer
Ralph B. Serpe .... executive producer (as Ralph Serpe)
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
 
Cinematography by
Richard H. Kline (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Bracht 
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Production Design by
Boris Leven 
 
Set Decoration by
John P. Austin  (as John Austin)
 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
 
Makeup Department
Sugar Blymyer .... hair stylist (as Maryce Blymyer)
Hank Edds .... makeup artist (as George 'Hank' Edds)
 
Production Management
Peter V. Herald .... production manager
Stanley Neufeld .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frederic W. Brost .... first assistant director (as Fred Brost)
Gary Daigler .... second assistant director (as Gary D. Daigler)
Albert Shepard .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Bill Wainess .... property master (as William Wainess)
 
Sound Department
James M. Falkinburg .... sound effects editor (as James Nelson)
William Randall .... production sound
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
John Wilkinson .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ira Anderson Jr. .... special effects
 
Stunts
Joe Canutt .... stunt coordinator
Alan Oliney .... stunt coordinator
Alan Oliney .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gene Kearney .... head grip
Ross A. Maehl .... gaffer (as Ross Maehl)
Calvin Maehl .... best boy electric (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Hector Freeman .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jack Martell .... wardrobe
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Andrea E. Weaver .... costumer: women (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Chris Kaeselau .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
Milton Lustig .... music editor
 
Other crew
Dino De Laurentiis .... presenter
Federico De Laurentiis .... assistant to producer
Alvin Greenman .... script supervisor
Robert F. Kocourek .... location auditor (as Robert Kocourek)
Albert J. Salzer .... location contact
 

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127 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.78 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R | Finland:K-16 | France:-16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:16 | Norway:15 (video rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (video rating) (cut) | USA:R | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
James Mason admitted in later interviews that he only made the film to make his alimony payments.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: About 18 minutes into the movie, when Dite tells Hammond that she's "knocked up", her leg changes position between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Mede:I thought you was better than the white man, Masta. But you is just white!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Django Unchained (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
Born in This TimeSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the International Version and the US DVD/BD by Legend Films/Paramount?
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely, 25 October 2009
Author: (swillsqueal@yahoo.com.au) from Perth, Australia

In this film, the masterful James Mason plays the plantation patriarch, a Big Daddy you wouldn't want to be owned by. This is undoubtedly THE BEST Film made about the era of slavery in the USA. It puts the sanitised, romantic "Gone With the Wind" to shame. "Mandingo" will make you uncomfortable even in your most comfortable seat. "Mandingo" is a mirror. See your reflection; it will scare the living bejeezub out of you.

This is a film about power. Racism is about power. When some people have absolute power over other people, they become sadistic and sometimes, the objects of their sadism become masochistic. Absolute power is always justified with ideological rationalisations become dogma, in this case the the dogma that black skin makes a person less than human. Power corrupts the individual's sense of morality. With power over others, one becomes more or less immoral, hardened to a subordinate's suffering. Self-esteem is generated by putting down the one perceived to be inferior and slaves were considered less than human, a notch or two down on the food chain. Slaves were treated as objects of power, like the organic results of animal husbandry, like the commodities you purchase and eat: cattle, pigs or sheep. Thus, having sex with a slave for a 'white' male owner was like breeding new animals for sale with a view to profit. 'White' females, of course, were not allowed to engage in this sort of animal husbandry with slaves. The patriarchal whisper one hears in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" becomes a murderous roar in "Mandingo".

In "Mandingo" we see realities of absolute power's affect on the social psychology of a society. Even after more than a century of time, American society, especially the South is still scarred by the psychological damage which simmers under the surface of smiles, whiskey fueled tears and freshly mown lawns.

"Mandingo" is a must see. It's better than "Glory", although "Glory" would be an appropriate second on a double feature bill with "Mandingo". "Mandingo" is even better than "Burn" and much better than "Roots". The acting is superb. The screenplay is magnificent. The cinematography is choice. Yes, this movie is violent; but slavery was a daily violence on the lives of those who suffered it. Face it. Yes, there is sex in this movie: squirm in your seat as you feel a touch of titillation. Yes, there is abuse on all levels from pedophilia to outright murder. But the abusers aren't comic book level bad guys; they aren't Jokers on the set of "Batman". They are the ruling class of the Old South. Sometimes their humanity shows through. Sometimes bad guys are ever so well ensconced in the the rituals of polite society that they come across as the upholders of civilised behaviour. That they are also enmeshed in a daily life organised around the exploitation of those who produce their wealth speaks volumes about the quality of their humanity and our own social relations of power today.

Get "Mandingo" however you can. Show it to your friends. Discuss it after you see it. Get ready for the movie experience of a lifetime. Forget about "Basterds"; forget the demented, ultra-violent comic fantasies of Quentin Tarintino. Forget about the sanitized films of the Antebellum Age. See "Mandingo". See the hard truth about chattel slavery and then do some reflection about how power over others functions to generate a generalised state of dominance and submission in the social relations of the here and now, wherever you live on this planet.

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