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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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It scalds. It shocks. It whips. It bleeds. It lusts. It out-Mandingo's "Mandingo"! See more »

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Actress Pam Grier and director Steve Carver had both previously collaborated on The Arena (1974) around two years earlier. See more »

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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 »

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Augusta Chauvet: Must you persist in being a vulgarian, Mr. Maxwell?
Hammond Maxwell: Miss Augusta, you just gotta get used to the idea that nigger fornicatin' is what Falconhurst is all about! If my niggers stop fornicatin', we stop eatin'!
Augusta Chauvet: Since the conversation has descended to this level, I feel I can voice my feelins' concernin' your beddin' with Regine every night.
Hammond Maxwell: Well, I don't do it every night. It's bad for my liver.
Augusta Chauvet: I don't think you should do it at all!
Hammond Maxwell: Now, Miss Augusta, you ain't gonna start meddlin' around in my ...
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Better than Mandingo
27 August 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I'd heard that Mandingo was this hilarious campfest, but when I finally saw it, I found it much too unpleasant to be funny, unintentionally or otherwise. Sure, it was exploitive, like S&M porn, but it lingered on torture, humiliation, and brutality far too often. I just bought a copy of Drum on eBay and I'm happy to report it delivers everything in the way of cheap thrills and laughs that Mandingo didn't. It has a much more interesting plot, more over the top acting and dialogue, much more nudity, and (mercifully) less sadism. All the actors seem to be in on the joke. Pam Grier's part is very small, but just her eye rolling is worth the price of admission. And Rainbeaux Smith nearly walks off with the movie as the plantation owner's slutty daughter. Her performance is everything Susan George's (in Mandingo)should have been. It's also interesting that even though this is an exploitation film about slaver, almost all the nudity is from white women.


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