Mandingo (1975)

R   |    |  Drama, History, Romance


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A slave owner in the 1840s trains one of his slaves to be a bare-knuckle fighter.


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8 November 2004 | femmecritique
I've seen the movie AND read the book
This movie is a disturbing look at the realities of the antebellum South. And yes, I do believe the depictions and events in this movie are realistic. Such atrocities are well-documented. Both the movie and the book contain graphic violence, sex, and rape. The movie is sometimes difficult to watch, but it's worth watching, for anyone who ponders the evils of humanity and especially the history of the U.S. during the 1800's. The acting and film quality aren't upper echelon. The dialogue is sometimes excessively histrionic. But that's not what's so good about this movie. It's gritty, realistic, and brutally honest.

As I watched, I realized that maybe things haven't changed so much since those times. Racism and sexism are still very much alive. You can easily compare the attitudes and behaviors depicted in this film with things that go on in our society today. Some people have commented that Blanche was "oversexed". I find that a rather hilarious statement. They obviously don't get the feminist subplot of this movie. The way it depicts and breaks down racism and sexism and shows exactly why they're faulted ideologies is why I love this movie so much!

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The "Falconhurst" novel series of books are (in order of publication): Mandingo (1957), Drum (1962), Master of Falconhurst (1964), Falconhurst Fancy (1966), The Mustee (1967), Heir to Falconhurst (1968), Flight to Falconhurst (1971), Mistress of Falconhurst (1973), Six-Fingered Stud (1975), Taproots of Falconhurst (1978), Scandal of Falconhurst (1980), Rogue of Falconhurst (1983), Miz Lucretia of Falconhurst (1985), Mandingo Master (1986), and Falconhurst Fugitive (1988).


Quotes

Charles: You ain't a weddin' that Hammond.
Blanche Maxwell: Oh, yes I am. I'll be a weddin' him. He's a fine catch. Good lookin'. Rich! Romantic. Been to New Orleans! Come from far away.
Charles: I'll tell him. I'll tell him what we done.
Blanche Maxwell: He wouldn't believe you. And Papa would throw...


Goofs

In the final scene, it is evident that sublimating dry ice is being used to simulate steam rising from the "boiling" cauldron.


Alternate Versions

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.


Soundtracks

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]

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Genres

Drama | History | Romance

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