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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 / plantation owner
Isela Vega ... Mariannaone / Drum's mother
Ken Norton ... Drum / Marianna's son
Pam Grier ... Regine / Drum's lover (as Pamela Grier)
Yaphet Kotto ... Blaise / Drum's friend
John Colicos ... Bernard
Fiona Lewis ... Augusta / Maxwell's fiancé
Paula Kelly ... Rachel / Marianna's lover
Royal Dano ... Zeke
Lillian Hayman Lillian Hayman ... Lucretia Borgia
Cheryl Smith ... Sophie / Maxwell's daughter (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

Drum has been born to a white prostitute Marianna, who raises him with her black lesbian lover Rachel. He grows up to be a fighter and is often forced to bare-knuckle-box other slaves for the entertainment of the owners, one of whom is a gay Frenchman named Bernard. Bernard wants to sleep with Drum, but Drum rejects him and Bernard vows revenge against him. Drum and his friend Blaise are eventually sold to plantation owner, Hammond and are both taken to his plantation to work. Regine is purchased by Hammond as well and is taken to the plantation for his own personal desires as a bedwench. After arriving at Hammond's plantation, Regine is set up in the bedroom above Hammond. Augusta, Hammond's fiancé is jealous and has other plans for Regine. Hammond's daughter Sophie wants to sleep with Drum, but he won't for fear of being killed. Sophie also attempts to sleep with Blaise and after being rejected, tells her father that Blaise has raped her, which is a lie. Blaise is put in chains and ...

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1976 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA

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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

Actually internally, within the US, the slave trade was still legal. It was the Atlantic Slave trade that was outlawed in 1808. Internal slave trading existing up until the Civil War. See more »

Quotes

Hammond Maxwell: What we been makin' ain't love!
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Connections

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

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wild,wild,wild
10 August 2003 | by skyhowlSee all my reviews

Ha ha ha ha .....this movie was out there. Okay i'm a 31 year black male and a movie buff.I like movies good and bad, but a really love campy movies. Drum is now my favorite movie on all time!!!! The acting was terrible, the direction was worst,but i loved it!!! The plantation owner and his slutty daughter were the most outrageous characters in the entire movie...i love slavery movies or any movie set in the antibellum south..i saw mandingo and loved it!!!...i didn't even know drum existed until i saw it on late night cable tv. It was explicit,funny and probaly insulted half the viewing population! It was WILD and most of all POLITICALLY INCORRECT..WHICH IS WHAT FILMMAKING SHOULD BE!!!!!Most black people who watch this movie will probally laugh there ass off, I did! Those people who were offended, cool out. Its just really a fun movie.


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