R | | Action, Drama
A mid-19th-century mulatto slave is torn between his success as a pit-fighter and the injustices of white society.
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.
Blaise, you been foolin' with Miss Sophie?
Blaise: Is that what she say? 'Cause I don't know what you mean.
Drum: You know what I mean. Letting her unbutton your pants and play with your snake.
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.