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Mandingo -- A slave owner in the 1840s trains one of his slaves to be a bare-knuckle fighter, unaware that his wife is demanding from his champion services of a different kind.


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Release Date:
25 July 1975 (USA) See more »
Expect The Savage. The Sensual. The Shocking. The Sad. The Powerful. The Shameful. Expect The Truth.
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  (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
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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Additional Details

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127 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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 (cut)

Did You Know?

The name of the Alabama plantation estate was "Falconhurst".See more »
Continuity: In the movie's first scene, as Brownlee inspects a row of slaves he smokes a cigar which is obviously lit (smoke, ash, etc). But when he clenches the cigar in his mouth and leans in to inspect a slave's teeth, the cigar changes to one that has never been lit. (Maybe a precaution against burning the other actor's face?)See more »
Hammond Maxwell:Cousin Charles, What the hell you doing, kissin on the mouth?
[Charles throws Katie to bed, removes his belt, and whips her with it]
Hammond Maxwell:What you doin that fer?
Charles:Makes a man feel good. She likes it too. Don't you pretty wench?
Katie:[Crying] Yes, master.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Haunted House 2 (2014)See more »
Born in This TimeSee more »


What are the differences between the International Version and the US DVD/BD by Legend Films/Paramount?
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Underrated and Important, 16 November 2013
Author: jcnsoflorida from South Florida

I can see why this was controversial, and no doubt it would be if it were released now (2013). It's stunningly unlike Gone with the Wind. The style is extreme Southern Gothic, (not to be confused with camp). Some shades of Tennessee Williams but goes beyond where he dared. The dialogue is a bit difficult, and DVD has no English subtitles, but you'll be rewarded if you stick with it. (No need to understand every word). I agree that Tarantino was influenced by it but his approach to the subject matter is very different. Mandingo stands on its own as a major work of the 1970s and it's certainly a film that deserves to be better known. Striking photography and music throughout. This film panders to no one, nor does it simplistically tell the viewer what to think about anything. We have the feeling we're on our own with this. Maybe it's no accident that that feels liberating. Fasten your seat belts and see it.

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