R | | Drama, History, Romance
Paul Benedict, who plays the trader Brownlee, must have really shocked people who recognized him from his television role at the time of the film's release: Harry Bentley, the neighbor in The Jeffersons (1975). In fact, the film's first sentence is him asking the price of a female slave and her infant.
I'm thinkin', I'm wonderin', what man you had before me?
Blanche Maxwell: Hammond! Where did you get that zany notion from?
Hammond Maxwell: You thinkin' I don't know a virgin when I sleeps with one and pleasures?
Blanche Maxwell: I was too a virgin!
Hammond Maxwell: You was once; but, not last night.
Blanche Maxwell: Oh, oh, how can you...
In the final scene, it is evident that sublimating dry ice is being used to simulate steam rising from the "boiling" cauldron.
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.