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Cockfighter (1974)

R | | Drama | August 1974 (USA)
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Southern action drama film about cockfighting.

Director:

Monte Hellman

Writers:

Charles Willeford (novel), Charles Willeford (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Oates ... Frank Mansfield
Richard B. Shull ... Omar Baradansky
Harry Dean Stanton ... Jack Burke
Ed Begley Jr. ... Tom Peeples
Laurie Bird ... Dody White Burke
Troy Donahue ... Randall Mansfield
Warren Finnerty Warren Finnerty ... Sanders
Robert Earl Jones ... Buford
Patricia Pearcy ... Mary Elizabeth
Millie Perkins ... Frances Mansfield
Steve Railsback ... Junior
Tom Spratley Tom Spratley ... Mister Peeples
Charles Willeford ... Ed Middleton
Pete Munro Pete Munro ... Packard
Kermit Echols Kermit Echols ... Fred Reed
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Frank Mansfield has wanted to win the Cockfighter of the Year medal for ages. Frank never speaks. After shooting his mouth off one too many times then losing a champion rooster in a casual hotel room cockfight, he swore never to speak again until he's won that award... He makes a bet with old crony Jack to be settled at the upcoming meet. Frank puts his car and his trailer on the line; he loses. Jack gets the trailer, and Frank's part-time girlfriend who goes with it. Frank's long-time girlfriend Mary Elizabeth wants him to get serious and settle down. But Frank has to raise some money for a new cock - $500 - then he can form a partnership with fellow cocksman Omar Baradansky and make another try for that medal... Written by David Woodfield

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Born to Kill See more »

Filming Locations:

Juliette, Georgia, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Roger Corman wanted to direct this but in the end, just acted as producer for Monte Hellman. After seeing Hellman's cut, he sent editor Lewis Teague to film extra scenes and got Joe Dante to spice up the trailer. See more »

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Featured in Warren Oates: Across the Border (1993) See more »

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Oates in fine form (as he always was).
12 March 2000 | by Oak26See all my reviews

I`ll be quick and to the point without going into details about the film itself. I caught this a few years back for the first time on one of the movie channels and became immediately engrossed in it. A terrific character study with a performance by the late-great Warren Oates that consumes the screen.

The kind of film most people don`t have the attention span for anymore....and that`s a shame. If you`re familiar with Hellman`s work, and appreciate it, it`s a must see. 8/10


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