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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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User Reviews:
Keeps you watching out of sheer curiosity. 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)
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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 Nelson .... sound effects editor
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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Runtime:
127 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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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:
Edwin Edwards, the governor of Louisiana at the time, was cast as a gambler and several scenes were filmed but excised before release. Upon the advice of his public relations staff, Edwards decided the potential damage to his public image when the salacious content of the film was revealed would be too great.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
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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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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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Keeps you watching out of sheer curiosity., 7 February 2013
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

It's very easy to see why this film wouldn't sit well with some people, black and white alike. Its vision of an ugly, vile, racist South is pretty hard hitting and memorable. It seems there is no depth to which it won't sink. The critics were plenty vocal about their dislike, while in actuality the film became an unlikely box office success. Nowadays it's seen by some as a camp classic, which is understandable given how theatrical it gets. It's essentially a period soap opera that happens to wallow in a lot of trash - there's violence, sex, and nudity, both male and female. It's based on a novel, by Kyle Onstott, and a subsequent play, by Jack Kirkland. The hilariously cast James Mason drawls his way through the role of a bigoted plantation patriarch in 1840s Louisiana, with Perry King playing his son. Among the story threads are the hideous envy that Kings' lowly wife (an over the top Susan George) shows towards the "wench" (Brenda Sykes), whom King is rather sweet on, and Kings' acquisition of a slave (the appropriately cast Ken Norton) whom he hopes will achieve tremendous success as a fighter. It's simply a hoot to see this cast - also including Richard Ward, Lillian Hayman, Roy Poole, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Paul Benedict, and Ben Masters - sink their teeth into this melodramatic material, given unflinching and straightforward filming by Richard Fleischer and shot by Richard H. Kline with an accent on the unglamourous. Maurice Jarres' score is extremely flavourful and adding to the appeal of the soundtrack is the presence of the great Muddy Waters, singing "Born in This Time". The pacing is very unhurried, allowing us to really feel the discomfort of such scenes as slaves being stripped naked and whipped on the behind, or the sight of Mason resting his legs on a young slave boy hoping that the kid will absorb the rheumatism out of his body. One thing is for sure, and that's that "Mandingo" is the kind of experience you don't soon forget. One way or another, it affects you, and if anything it deserves some respect for not whitewashing the attitude of the times, revealing every sordid aspect of slavery and also giving its victimized characters a measure of dignity, and hope, in the face of total domination. The actors certainly play this for all that it's worth; Norton, in the central role, may not possess much in the way of acting chops, but he still has a quietly powerful physical presence. All in all, audiences should find it...interesting, to say the least. Followed a year later by another Onstott adaptation, "Drum". Eight out of 10.

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