It's the mid-nineteenth century Louisiana. Falconhurst, a run down plantation, is owned by Warren Maxwell, and largely run by his son, Hammond Maxwell, who walks with a limp due to a childhood accident. Hammond is under pressure to get married and produce a male heir to continue the Maxwell legacy before Warren dies. With no experience courting a potential bride - his sexual experiences confined to slaves and whores - Hammond ultimately chooses his cousin Blanche for his wife in what would not be considered a courtship in its true sense. In turn, Blanche agrees to the marriage largely to escape the realm of her sadistic brother, Charles. As his father tells him is custom, Hammond, while on his and Blanche's honeymoon in New Orleans, also obtains a slave as a go to sexual partner, he buying Ellen, who he met when she was given to him in hospitality when visiting who was then her master. Concurrently, Hammond also purchases Mede, a Mandingo, as a slave, something Warren had always ...
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Did You Know?
In 1961, the play "Mandingo" was written by Jack Kirkland
, based on the novel by Kyle Onstott
; it made its Broadway premiere on May 22, 1961 at the Lyceum Theatre. It closed after 8 performances. See more
As Brownlee inspects a row of slaves in the film's first scene, he smokes an obviously-lit cigar, but when he clenches the cigar in his mouth and leans in to inspect a slave's teeth, the cigar changes to one that has never been lit; maybe as a precaution against burning the other actor's face. See more
Who's the wench?
A slave I bought - sometime back.
She for the Mandingo?
The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC with heavy edits to the fight between Mede and Topaz, the beatings of the slave girl and the suspended male slave, and shots of Mede being prodded with a pitchfork by Hammond Maxwell. The uncut print was again submitted to the BBFC in 1987 for the CIC video release and some cuts were restored, with 47 secs still edited from the two whipping scenes. See more
Followed by Drum
Born in This Time
Music by Maurice Jarre
Lyrics by Hitide Harris
(as Hi Tide Harris)
Sung by Muddy Waters
[Played during opening title and credits] See more