You'd certainly wouldn't know it from the production values, becausethe film looks as if the filmmakers didn't spend a penny more than they hadto we're treated to interior scenes inside a plantation house curiouslydevoid of furniture. Mason reaps what he sows at the end and King's upbringing and inferiority complex is ultimately too much for him in the end,takinghim down the same road to hellish oblivion. He's sympathetic with his slaves and soon becomes affectionatewith one of the women, which doesn't sit well with his wife Blanchewho, for revenge, forces the top fighter to sleep with her. Angered that Hammond is spending too much time with his slaves, Blanche beds down Mede. James Mason and his lame son Perry King live on a plantation and own slavesbody and soul. Anyone going into this film expecting a serious look at slavery will beeither disappointed or annoyed maybe both , but if you go into itexpecting some nasty exploitation, you might find a lot to like.
Thefilm gives an unflinching look at a more primitive society and itactually more shocking for its tone and implications than the eventsthat take place in it although the film does include plenty of racism,torture and rape scenes. White farm ownerHammond Maxwell one day discovers the fighting talent of one of hisblack slaves and soon decides to toughen him up for battle with otherslaves. It walks a tightrope but courageous director Fleischerneverstumbles. With all these setbacks, it's hard to understand whythis movie hasn't garnered even a semi-cult following. Synopsis A slave owner in the 1840s trains one of his slaves to be a bare-knuckle fighter. It's a testament to Richard Fleischer's integritythat he was able to pull this off.
The performances sit better with theexploitation side of the film rather than the serious drama side asnone of them are particularly brilliant; although the three leads dofit into their roles well. The video edition of this film I saw wasfrom the early eighties, when movie studios did their transfers from thefirst worn-out prints the could grab, and may have had a muddy, faded lookbecause of this, but it's hard to believe this thing came from a majorstudio. And poor SusanGeorge's character is driven totally mad by her husband King's neglectandjealousy and the semingly contradictory tender erotic ministrations ofslave, Norton. The way that the film depicts the blackslaves as animals makes for uncomfortable viewing and the way thatsociety was segregated into 'white masters' and 'black slaves' isalways enforced on the viewer. Unflinching, beautifully shot I saw this inthetheater when it was released and at a rare revival screening in 2000 andundeserving of it's pariah reputation. Overall, this is clearly not a film foreveryone and I'm not in any way saying that the film's bad reputationis in any way undeserved; but Mandingo is certainly an interesting filmand I would say it is at least worth seeing. We noticed that you have not provided email address during registration or not verified it.
Oneofthe things that's most disturbing about the film is the depiction of theconsequences of slavery, racism and hypocrisy on the white race, how itwarps son, Perry King's natural tenderness towards Brenda Sykes into ahorrifying insecure paranoia that evolves into aberrantly exaggeratedjealousy and sexually motivated violence by the climax. Please update your account with the email address using form on the left. We noticed that you have not provided email address during registration or not verified it. Slave owner Warren Maxwell insists that his son, Hammond, who is busy bedding the slaves he buys, marry a white woman and father him a son. We have the greatest video quality! Reviewed by thomandybish This film, despite some controversy about it's biracial sex scenes when itwas initially released, seems to have faded from memory. When George learns of therelationship Sykes wears the earrings while she serves dinner to George andKing on their first night at the plantation , and Kings learns George hasslept with her brother, the marriage hits the skids.
It's hard to believe that anyone in 1975 could see this film asanything but exploitation of a very dark period in American history. Well, at least the body part, as we see when Mason strings anerrant slave upside down, strips him, and pattles his butt with a perforatedpaddle. We have the greatest video quality!. George becomespregnant, and when the baby comes, it hits the fan! George drowns hersorrows in lots of sherry and lots of Ken Norton, a slave Perry haspurchased specifically for fighting other slaves for betting. However, hemarries Susan George to provide an heir, and presents her with a rubychoker. If one wants to see a truly lurid, exploitive treatment of the samesubject although very entertaining also with a great cast -- Warren Oates, IselaVega, Yaphet Kotto, et. Son King takes a more tender approach, as he sleeps with the femaleslaves, especially Brenda Sykes, whom he takes as his mistress.
The film takes place in the south of America during the1840's and the main focus of the plot is on slavery. He also gives Sykes the matching earrings. The gritty, extremely realistic location and production designaddto the disturbing ambience. There are some who've commentedherewho get it, others who don't want to get it because it's just tootruthfuland disturbing. The film is liable to shock modern audiencefor its racial themes and strong racial tone; it didn't bother me allthat much to be honest as it suits the film within it's context andhelps to enforce its exploitative nature, which in turn makes Mandingomore powerful.
Please update your account with the email address using form on the left. It does contain some lurid,super charged sexual images and shocking cruelty and violence -- butFleischer's treatment is matter-of-fact, in-your-face and ultimatelytotallyunpretentious. . . . . .
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