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Drum (1976)

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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Regine (as Pamela Grier)
Bernard DeMarigny
Zeke Montgomery
Lillian Hayman ...
Lucretia Borgia
Sophie Maxwell (as Rainbeaux Smith)
Alain Patrick ...
Clay Tanner ...
Mr. Holcomb
Lila Finn ...
Mrs. Holcomb


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

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


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27 August 1976 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Det sorte helvede  »

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1.85 : 1
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Producer Dino De Laurentiis was so displeased with the final result that he took his name from above the title. See more »


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 »


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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Referenced in Fade to Black (1980) See more »

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Hard to find anymore - Not for sale anywhere either.
15 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

I got a copy of it from one of those "avant garde" type video shops that pride themselves in having the hard to find stuff.

You can see this movie without having seen the pre-quel,"Mandingo" and not lose much understanding, since they make almost no references to what happened in the first movie. In fact, the plantation owner's white daughter was not in the first movie, so it really doesn't follow at all (she was in the novel "Mandingo"). Those who thought Mandingo was trashy will really be howling when they see this one....Warren Oates and the woman playing his daughter play for laughs in the middle part of the movie...(that actress went on to make X-rated movies and then dropped out of acting altogether by the mid 80s). John Colicos plays an evil homosexual....I like the overdone white trash talk though (" OH PAW! You ain't gonna marry that uppity bitch!) Great camp. Ken Norton acts like a mannequin most of the movie.....(" He might kill Blaize...or even worse, castrate him" - said with a totally expressionless face). And the dinner conversation is hilarious. ("Son I gonna give you Regine. How long you figger it take you to knock her up?). (" Miss Augusta, you jes got to get used to the fack that Falconhurst is all about n****r fornicatin'. If'n my n****rs stop fornicatin', we stops eatin'.)

Regine: You likes big titties, don't you Mistah Maxwell?

Hammond: Oh you knows I likes big titties.

Regine: Well Miss Augusta, she got BIIG titties.

And I repeat - this is supposed to be a serious movie.

The movie is in that "so bad it's good" category. Check it out, if you have a hankerin' for that genre.

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