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Drum (1976)

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A mid-19th century mulatto slave is torn between his success as a pit-fighter and the injustices of white society. In HD.

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Marianna
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Regine (as Pamela Grier)
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Blaise
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Bernard DeMarigny
Fiona Lewis ...
Augusta Chauvet
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Rachel
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Zeke Montgomery
Lillian Hayman ...
Cheryl Smith ...
Sophie Maxwell (as Rainbeaux Smith)
Alain Patrick ...
Lazare
Brenda Sykes ...
Calinda
Clay Tanner ...
Mr. Holcomb
Lila Finn ...
Mrs. Holcomb
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A mid-19th century mulatto slave is torn between his success as a pit-fighter and the injustices of white society. In HD.

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MANDINGO lit the fuse... DRUM is the explosion! See more »

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Action | Drama

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27 August 1976 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Det sorte helvede  »

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The producer and original director Burt Kennedy had creative differences. The producer then fired him and replaced him with Steve Carver. It was the only time Kennedy was ever fired from a movie. Most of the footage on the screen is his. See more »

Goofs

The film opens 20 years before the 1860 presidential election, 1840, and states that the slave trade was, "perfectly legal." Trading in slaves from Africa was outlawed in the United States in 1808. See more »

Quotes

Regine: And titties! You likes big titties, don't ya?
Hammond Maxwell: Oh, you know I loves big titties.
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Follows Mandingo (1975) See more »

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Better than its reputation suggests.
26 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

After reading all the reviews about this film, I was expecting either a sleaze-fest or a camp-fest (or both), but I was pleasantly (?) surprised. Although there are undeniably exploitational elements here (incest, castrations, torture), the director doesn't really linger over them. Nobody would mistake this for a thoughtful study on the mistreatment of black slaves in early 19th-century America, but it's a surprisingly well-made film, and the recreation of the period is just fine. The major weakness of "Drum" is that the male lead, Ken Norton, simply can't act; thankfully, Warren Oates and Yaphet Kotto certainly can. Pam Grier is wasted, however, and Colicos is positively ludicrous as a gay slave-trader. (**1/2)


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