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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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Director:
Writers:
Kyle Onstott (novel)
Jack Kirkland (play)
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Release Date:
25 July 1975 (USA) See more »
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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:
Shamefully underrated film. See more (60 total) »

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Runtime:
127 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:R18+ | 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)

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Trivia:
Paul Benedict, who plays the trader Brownlee, must have really shocked people who recognized him from his television role at the time of the film's release, that of Harry Bentley, the neighbor in "The Jeffersons" (1975). In fact, the first sentence in the film is him asking how much a female slave and her infant was.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During Mede's first fight in the city, he and his opponent are wrestling on the grass. When they roll over the floor, the grass is moving like a slipping carpet would, revealing it to be a sheet of artificial green, probably lying on the floor of a sound stage.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 A Haunted House (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Born in This TimeSee more »

56 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
Shamefully underrated film., 20 August 2002
Author: gridoon

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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