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Mandingo

US poster for Mandingo
Directed by Richard Fleischer
Produced by Dino De Laurentiis
Written by Kyle Onstott (book)
Norman Wexler (screenplay)
Starring James Mason
Susan George
Perry King
Lillian Hayman
Richard Ward
Brenda Sykes
Ken Norton
Music by Maurice Jarre
Cinematography Richard H. Kline
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) 1975
Country USA
Language English
Followed by Drum

Mandingo is a 1975 film, based on the novel Mandingo by Kyle Onstott. The film was directed by Richard Fleischer and featured James Mason, Susan George, Perry King, Lillian Hayman, boxer-turned-actor Ken Norton, and bodybuilder and pro wrestler-turned-actor Earl Maynard.

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Premise

On Falconhurst, a run-down plantation owned by the widowed Warren Maxwell (James Mason) and his son Hammond (Perry King). A "Mandingo" slave, Mede (Ken Norton), is trained to fight other slaves. Hammond neglects his wife Blanche (Susan George), whom he rejects on their wedding night after discovering she was not a virgin. Hammond instead ravishes his slave Ellen (Brenda Sykes), while Blanche seduces Mede.

Critique

Upon its release in 1975, critical response was mixed although box office was strong.[1] Roger Ebert despised the film and gave it a "zero star" rating.[1] The movie critic Robin Wood was enthusiatic about the film, calling it “the greatest film about race ever made in Hollywood”.[2] Quentin Tarantino has cited Mandingo as one of only two instances "in the last twenty years [that] a major studio made a full-on, gigantic, big-budget exploitation movie", comparing it to Showgirls.[3]

DVD Release

Paramount Pictures licensed the film to Legend Films for its first official DVD release. The DVD was released on June 3, 2008, in 1.77:1 anamorphic widescreen version without any extras.

Some prominent critics hailed the release of the DVD, including the New York Times columnist Dave Kehr.

References

  1. ^ Roger Ebert's review
  2. ^ Wood, Robin (1998). Mandingo: The Vindication of an Abused Masterpiece. Columbia University Press. p. 256. ISBN 0231076053.  
  3. ^ Udovitch, Mim (1998). "Mim Udovitch/1996". in Peary, Gerald. Quentin Tarantino: Interviews. Univ. Press of Mississippi. pp. 172–173. ISBN 1578060516.  

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