Mandingo

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Released 1975

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Director:
Richard Fleischer
Released:
1975
Rating:
R

Mandingo is a 1975 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Kyle Oscott. The story centers on Warren Maxwell, the owner of Falconhurst plantation and a widower. Warren runs the plantation along with his son, Hammond. This film details the twisted relationships that develop between Warren, Hammond, Hammond's white wife Blanche, and their slaves. Warren is training one of his slaves, Mede, to be a bare-knuckle boxer, a fighting style the muscular man takes to easily. Meanwhile, Hammond is unsatisfied with Blanche, choosing instead to sleep with one of the slaves, Ellen. Blanche, in an act of defiance, seduces Mede. This film features some impressive acting from Susan George, who plays the unsatisfied wife Blanche, as well as boxer-turned-actor Ken Norton, who plays the powerful slave, Mede. Mandingo is a rare Hollywood exploitation film that found mainstream success upon its initial release and continues on today as a cult classic.

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