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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.

Directors:

Steve Carver, Burt Kennedy (uncredited)

Writers:

Kyle Onstott (based on a novel by), Norman Wexler (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Oates ... Hammond Maxwell
Isela Vega ... Marianna
Ken Norton ... Drum
Pam Grier ... Regine (as Pamela Grier)
Yaphet Kotto ... Blaise
John Colicos ... Bernard DeMarigny
Fiona Lewis ... Augusta Chauvet
Paula Kelly ... Rachel
Royal Dano ... Zeke Montgomery
Lillian Hayman Lillian Hayman ... Lucretia Borgia
Cheryl Smith ... Sophie Maxwell (as Rainbeaux Smith)
Alain Patrick Alain Patrick ... Lazare
Brenda Sykes ... Calinda
Clay Tanner Clay Tanner ... Mr. Holcomb
Lila Finn Lila Finn ... Mrs. Holcomb
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Storyline

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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The White Men Wanted A Stud To Breed Slaves. The White Women Wanted Much More ... See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1976 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Det sorte helvede See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Steve Carver replaced Burt Kennedy as director. Producer Dino De Laurentiis and Kennedy had creative differences and Kennedy was fired and replaced with Carver. It was the only time Kennedy was ever fired from a movie. Most of the footage seen in the film was actually directed by him. 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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Connections

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

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Better than its reputation suggests.
26 December 2001 | by gridoonSee 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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