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James Mason admitted in interviews that he only made the film to make his alimony payments.
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.
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Came out a month after Jaws (1975), yet still managed to garner enough box office success to take its film-makers completely by surprise.
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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.
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Richard Fleischer repeatedly turned down Dino De Laurentiis' overtures to direct the film. He ultimately relented when he realized that the best way to make the film was to shoot it straight and tell the story as truthfully as he could.
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The "Falconhurst" novel series of books are (in order of publication): Mandingo (1957), Drum (1962), Master of Falconhurst (1964), Falconhurst Fancy (1966), The Mustee (1967), Heir to Falconhurst (1968), Flight to Falconhurst (1971), Mistress of Falconhurst (1973), Six-Fingered Stud (1975), Taproots of Falconhurst (1978), Scandal of Falconhurst (1980), Rogue of Falconhurst (1983), Miz Lucretia of Falconhurst (1985), Mandingo Master (1986), and Falconhurst Fugitive (1988).
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The fifth and final collaboration between director Richard Fleischer and cinematographer Richard H. Kline.
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The name of the Alabama plantation estate was "Falconhurst".
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Boxer Ken Norton turned down a $250,000 gate to fight Jerry Quarry to make the film.
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Sylvester Stallone was an extra in this movie, prior to finding fame.
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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), Addio zio Tom (1971), Uncle Tom's Cabin (1976), A Woman Called Moses (1978), Roots: The Next Generations (1979), and The Fight Against Slavery (1975).
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The film was made and released about eighteen years after its source novel of the same name by Kyle Onstott had been first published in 1957. The film's sequel Drum (1976) by the same novelist was first published around five years later in 1962. The novels are known as the "Falconhurst" series of novels named after the name of the Alabama plantation estate that features as the book's central locale.
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The sequel Drum (1976) takes place around fifteen years after the events of this movie.
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Hammond Maxwell is played by Warren Oates in Drum (1976) but the character is played by Perry King in this film.
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Charlton Heston turned down the role of Warren Maxwell.
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Timothy Bottoms, Beau Bridges, Jeff Bridges and Jan-Michael Vincent turned down the role of Hammond Maxwell.
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Received its first DVD release in 2008.
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In the sequel Drum (1976), Ken Norton plays Drum, a different character than he portrayed in Mandingo (1975), where he played Mede (aka Ganymede). Similarly, so does actress Brenda Sykes, who plays Ellen in the first film and Calinda in the second. Actress Lillian Hayman though did portray the same character, Lucrezia Borgia, in both films.
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Around at least a dozen personnel worked on both Drum (1976) and Mandingo (1975). This included star Ken Norton, screenwriter Norman Wexler, actresses Brenda Sykes and Lillian Hayman, costume designer Ann Roth, as well as producer Dino De Laurentiis.
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