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Cockfighter (1974)

R | | Drama | August 1974 (USA)
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Southern action drama film about cockfighting.

Director:

Monte Hellman

Writers:

Charles Willeford (novel), Charles Willeford (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Oates ... Frank Mansfield
Richard B. Shull ... Omar Baradansky
Harry Dean Stanton ... Jack Burke
Ed Begley Jr. ... Tom Peeples
Laurie Bird ... Dody White Burke
Troy Donahue ... Randall Mansfield
Warren Finnerty ... Sanders
Robert Earl Jones ... Buford
Patricia Pearcy ... Mary Elizabeth
Millie Perkins ... Frances Mansfield
Steve Railsback ... Junior
Tom Spratley Tom Spratley ... Mister Peeples
Charles Willeford ... Ed Middleton
Pete Munro Pete Munro ... Packard
Kermit Echols Kermit Echols ... Fred Reed
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Frank Mansfield has wanted to win the Cockfighter of the Year medal for ages. Frank never speaks. After shooting his mouth off one too many times then losing a champion rooster in a casual hotel room cockfight, he swore never to speak again until he's won that award... He makes a bet with old crony Jack to be settled at the upcoming meet. Frank puts his car and his trailer on the line; he loses. Jack gets the trailer, and Frank's part-time girlfriend who goes with it. Frank's long-time girlfriend Mary Elizabeth wants him to get serious and settle down. But Frank has to raise some money for a new cock - $500 - then he can form a partnership with fellow cocksman Omar Baradansky and make another try for that medal... Written by David Woodfield

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Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Born to Kill See more »

Filming Locations:

Juliette, Georgia, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While trying to come up with an ad campaign to this seemingly unmarketable film, New World's advertising committee came up with this humorous fake tagline: "He came into town with his cock in hand, and what he did with it was illegal in 49 states." See more »

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Featured in Monte Hellman: American Auteur (1997) See more »

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Absolytely brilliant movie
21 February 2008 | by EquimanthormSee all my reviews

Unlike everyone here (except one) one of the best parts of this movie is the cockfighting scenes. Cockfighting is a truly amazing thing. Unfortunately, if you don't know how to follow it, it just looks like two birds flailing. Here the director films in perfect slow motion a real cockfight and you see the intelligent strategic way roosters fight. They duck each others attacks and counter attack and fight from the bottom. People need to get over themselves and realize that poultry chickens (the ones you eat) live much worse lives then these gamecock, so enjoy it for what it is, an amazing display of real nature! This movie, besides the cockfighting, is also brilliant. The silent main character puts on a hell of a performance without saying a word. All the praise for the actual movie has already been said here, I just wanted to emphasize that in fact one of the best parts of this movie is that its probably the only place you'll ever see one any film cockfighting with any respect for whats actually going on. In short clips in news or TV about cockfighting, theyll film it from far away so you cant actually understand whats going on. Its almost as if they're afraid if people actually could see the action they might actually enjoy it. Everyone who hates cockfighting will hate it even more if you see it up close. For those with an open mind, see what its all about.


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