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Mandingo [DVD]

James Mason , Susan George , Richard Fleischer    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Mason, Susan George, Perry King, Richard Ward, Brenda Sykes
  • Directors: Richard Fleischer
  • Writers: Jack Kirkland, Kyle Onstott, Norman Wexler
  • Producers: Dino De Laurentiis, Ralph B. Serpe
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Llamentol
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E8RH54
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,698 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Spain released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: 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. While in New Orleans, he picks up a wife, Blanche, a 'bed wench,' Ellen, and a Mandingo slave, Mede, whom he trains to be a bare-knuckle fighting champion. Angered that Hammond is spending too much time with his slaves, Blanche beds down Mede. ...Mandingo

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mandingo 21 Feb 2006
By A Customer
"The wife of a plantation and slave owner is jealous of her husband's extra-marital affairs with a slave woman named Ellen, so she seduces and becomes pregnant by a slave named Mede. But her husband isn't too happy about that.." A simplistic quote about a this 'lurid historical drama.' This a brutal piece of film work. Sometimes it's quaint in it's portrayal of the deep south but, I have no doubt that it shows the worst kind of treatment of one human to another and the true brutalising nature of slavery. I saw it when it first came out and it's abiity to shock hasn't waned.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So disappointed heavily censored 6 Oct 2009
It says on case running time 131 minutes actually 118 minutes.Such a great film on cinema and video has been totally ruined for me with this heavily censored version.Any nudity has been totally blocked out.Waste of time buying this version of the film,wait until the uncensored version comes out on dvd,if it ever does.If this dvd had been the full version of the film i would have awarded it 5 stars.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Southern Sleaze...But Riveting! 6 Oct 2008
Part Harold Robbins and part Euripedes, this film has brutal depictions of slavery, abhorrent language, and extraordinary cinematography by Richard Kline. The imagery of Falconhurst, the huge but decrepit plantation of a cruel and vicious man (James Mason in a strange and brilliant performance) is fantastic; with peeling paint and filthy mosquito nets, winding staircases of gleaming wood, dark steamy rooms, and lush exteriors with drooping wisteria. The score by Maurice Jarre also adds much to the atmosphere, with Muddy Waters singing "Born in This Time".

Perry King is excellent as Mason's son, broken in body, weak in spirit, knowing what is right and often doing what is wrong; as his wife, Susan George is appropriately annoying and trashy, and as his "wench", Brenda Sykes is lovely. Heavyweight boxer Ken Norton, who won over Mohammed Ali (and broke his jaw) in 1973, made his impressive screen debut as Mede the Mandingo.

This film is a mass of contradictions, which is probably what keeps one glued to the screen, and makes it memorable years after seeing it. It is manipulative yet unpredictable, gratuitous and raw but thought-provoking; some of it might be absurd, but many of the situations shown did happen.
With all the brutality, nudity, incest, and most of all, the repellent language, this is not a film for the young, or anyone squeamish about violence.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PLAYS ON MY U.K. BLU RAY 23 Aug 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
firstly this is not just a region 1 got it from U.S.A. seller took a chance it would play on my blu ray region 2 and it did, so might be multi region....quality not brilliant but very far as I can make it out to be uncut version
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and unsatisfying 30 Oct 2009
Mandingo is one of those films like Birth Of A Nation, or Triumph Of The Will, in which one is forced contemplate objectionable content all the while reluctantly allowing mitigating qualities. That's not to say that Fleischer's exploitative film, hardly an artistic landmark, is at anything like the same level as those masterpieces, although he had an interesting and varied career. He was responsible for low budget noirs (Armoured Car Robbery, 1950), Disney classics (20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, 1954), intelligent biblical drama (Barabbas, 1962), war epics (Tora! Tora! Tora!, 1970) as well as science fiction (Soylent Green, 1973) each made with equal professionalism. These are films that are still a pleasure to re-encounter, and continue to hold up as solid entertainment. Mandingo stands out as his most controversial work, and in these politically correct times is seen infrequently, even more so the sequel Drum, 1976 - not by Fleischer.

For those used to the cosy image presented of the old American South, Mandingo will come as a slap in the face. Falconhurst, where most of the action takes place, is far removed from the comforting, romantic world of say, Gone With The Wind (1939). So inflammatory is the subject matter of this film that Fleischer apparently refused several times when Dino de Laurentiis asked him to direct. It is reported that Fleischer finally decided to accept the job only on the basis of his film 'telling the truth'.

With, or without, the salve of supposed historical accuracy, Mandingo was a huge hit when it came out, although few critics liked it and tellingly it was never reissued. It still retains a strong camp reputation, dividing audiences between those who value its revisionism and those who smell exploitation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting film 26 May 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film is as much about race in the 1970s as it is about Antebellum slavery. It's a shlocky 70s exploitation film but still has much to say that is intriguing and challenging, clearly this is the film referenced in Django.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mandingo 16 Nov 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
A brutal film to watch in our modern PC world, this film does not wash over the issue of slavery. This film shows images others would not dare to do, thus giving the viewer a real insight to the horrors involved in the slave industry. From the opening inspection of the slaves to the violent conclusion, this film is the perfect material for us in the twentyfirst century to visit a time not to distant ago, in terms of years but a world away in terms of attitudes. The attitude of the disabled plantation owners son towards his slaves and his wife. There is a chance of hope for this young man, as you think his attitudedes would change as he seems to love the young black slave girl, but in the end the horror of the his body reflects the horror of his soul, and there is no salvation or remedy for him
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
classic film
Published 1 month ago by freddie12
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Classic
As wonderful as it was in the 70s. Simply a classic.
Published 2 months ago by G.A.K
3.0 out of 5 stars FOR SENSATION SEEKERS!
The story was of interest to me but in the end it turned out to be about stupid and ignorant revange. Read more
Published 5 months ago by E. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars A good evenings viewing must be better than whats on the box.
This is an interesting take on slavery though now outdone and outclassed by 'Twelve years a Slave'. See them both and then find an American University which will welcome your... Read more
Published 7 months ago by librarian forever
4.0 out of 5 stars Mandingo...
I saw this film many years ago,when I saw it on DVD thought I'd give it a go.... Not as I remembered it....
Published 11 months ago by Carolirene O'Riordan
5.0 out of 5 stars mandingo
i think this is a good movie and i would recommend this film to anyone who likes historical movies and stories about the deep south in americait also has a good cast in it which... Read more
Published 16 months ago by malcolm evans
1.0 out of 5 stars BLUE RAY DISC
Bought this item hoping to watch it. Unfortunately it was the US format and did not work in my region 2 UK player. The instructions on Amazon did not indicate what region it was. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Audley L. Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart wrenching oldie
With all the related films out now, this film was made in the 70s but still has the same effect.
Published 20 months ago by plumpducks
4.0 out of 5 stars FREE AT LAST
An unusual foray into the truth of the source of the present-day wealth of White culture. Although a soap-opera in structure and acting style, that is just a skeleton for revealing... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Frank TALKER
1.0 out of 5 stars What a load of rubbish
I have read all the falconhurst books several times. I love the books so I was really looking forward to seeing the film. What a let down!! Read more
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