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Mandingo - DVD

James Mason , Susan George , Richard Fleischer    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have we forgotten??? Or do we choose to forget??? March 8 2004
Format:VHS Tape
As I read these reviews, I have to wonder what is going in in this country today. Have we really been able to wipe out the cruelty of slavery from our history books. As offensive and unpleasant these scenes may be for us to bear, it is nothing compared to the slaves to which this was their day to day reality. It DID happen. To hear so many people state that the movie showed untrue scenes is very disturbing. You know the bible says that the biggest feat that the devil has achieved is to convince us that he doesn't exist! This is a good movie and it is a much watch to get a true depiction of just how cruel and insensitive slaveholders could be. The sexual aspect of slavery is often ignored in the history books - this movie does a great job bringing that part of history to light.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Scenery, Trashy Story March 22 2004
By tdk
Format:VHS Tape
Mandingo depicts the cruelties of slavery in a much more graphic manner than made for tv movies like Roots and Queen ever could. Lots of nudity, sexual situations and sadism. While the movie is highly unsettling, I would recommend it to those who want an un-sentimental look into antebellum southern life. The scenery (Louisiana and Missisippi) is fantastic, and Susan George's hammy performance as the mistress is amusing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hot Southern sleaze...but riveting June 28 2004
Format:VHS Tape
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. 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.
Total running time is 127 minutes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie Jan. 10 2013
By Maggie
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
fast delivery. good quality .It was bought as a gift for a collector. They called me after watching it and said the quality and sound were great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HARD TO WATCH, BUT EXCELLENT FILM Feb. 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I found this film to be very difficult to watch, but that is only because i am sensitive to racial slurs, movies, etc. But overall the acting was actually quite good and it did portray slavery at it's worse. It is offensive to both races but is interesting. Also, it is interesting to see how "thinking" was different then than now(hopefully). If you are not squeamish with disturbing movies, then this would be a good film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mandingo is an Eye Opener July 11 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
ROOTS was to make viewers sympathize for the plight of the African-American, and MANDINGO was to make viewers cringe and forget that the slavery south ever existed. The film had this viewer wanting to turn it off, but wanting to see what was going to happen next. Therefore, the film had done its job in its manipulation of the senses. The movie boasts an impressive and diverse cast with the respected James Mason, Perry King (Lords of Flatbush, Riptide), Susan George, Paul Benedict (tv's Jeffersons) and boxer Ken Norton. The story revolves around a southern plantation owner Warren Maxwell (James Mason) and his son Hammond (Perry King) and their dealings with the buying and selling of slaves. Hammond beds every young girl slave in the joint while marrying Blanche (Susan George), and at the same time, he wants to buy himself a prize black prospect for fighting purposes... a Mandingo(Ken Norton as Mede). Hammond seems to have some sympathy and care for the black women, and has little interest in his own white wife who takes on the mandingo as a lover to get back at her husband. Some of the goings on are outrageous (i.e. Mason's character trying to get rid of his rheumitsm by transferring it to the soul of a young black boy etc..) The film's portrayal of white southerners is as offensive as the portrayal of the black slaves. However, it is still the black characters that are exploited, especially the scenes of blacks vs. blacks and the name of the game is survival. A lot of kudos goes to the actors who took on roles in this film and a movie like this could not be made today. When this film was made it was a sleeper hit and caused some controversy, Saturday Night Live did a parody sketch called "Mandingo II" and O.J. Simpson, who was the guest host, played the title character. Garrett Morris, Bill Murray and Larraine Newman were also in the bit...it was one of the funniest sketches of the show.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Soupy, Southern Soap Opera... June 14 2001
By Piers
Format:VHS Tape
Mandingo was a surprise. It's hard to believe that a major studio would spend the money to get major actors and a major director to make this trashy, violent, nasty, yet at the same time very watchable piece of soap.
Mandingo is the film of the novel that supposedly blew the lid of what the old South was like. Hmmmm, I don't know how true to life it actually is and I don't care to speculate, but this film offers up some real nasty scenes that involve posses, boiling water, slave fights, hangings etc etc. Some of the acting is pretty good (eg. James Mason in particular, Brenda Sykes and the head slave -who's been in a hell of a lot of things, but I can't recall his name), but some of it is pretty average (eg. Ken Norton and Susan George who just plays the same pouty b**** that she plays in alot of films but in older clothes), but the average actors were no doubt limited by the roles they were given and not by their own talent.
This film on one hand is really awful and as another reviewer said you almost feel guilty for watching it, but at the same time it is amazing that a big studio spent the money on it and overall it pulls the viewer into its warped world for the sheer spectacle.
Just wait to you hear what some of the doctor's cures are!! Unbelievable, yet compelling trash.
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4.0 out of 5 stars mandingo
Enjoyed the movie almost as much as whens I Saw it as a new release, years ago. I had forfotten parts , but remembered most of it. Sad to see how blaxks were treated as.slaves.
Published 9 months ago by stony
5.0 out of 5 stars so much harsher than I remembered!
the producers did a great job of harking back to an abominable era in human history. It is a valuable reminder of how NOT to live!
Published 9 months ago by Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy
The item was well packaged and arived ahead of time even in the holiday season. I will be happy to deal with this seller again.
Published on Jan. 5 2012 by Edward R
5.0 out of 5 stars It is beyond belief my friends. I promise you that. Don't ignore it.
Virtually every critic hated this film when it came out, and modern ones still do (except someone like J.J. Briggs in his 2003 book Films of Our Life: Some A's but Mostly B's). Read more
Published on March 2 2010 by Joseph J. Brigante
1.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood style stupidity
Let's face it - Hollywood is a provincial little burg whose movers and shakers know little or nothing about anything outside of the city boundaries - from Hollywood we get amazing... Read more
Published on July 10 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars What a piece of junk
At least everything in Gone With The Wind was historically accurate. This piece of filth is all lies.
Published on Feb. 27 2004 by tennesseeguitarman
4.0 out of 5 stars Experiencing this movie made my creative juices flow.
This movie moved me so much that it impels me to express my horror of the subject matter in verse-form; because it underscores the brutality and, ironically, the patronising... Read more
Published on April 23 2003 by Mervyn Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, Enlighteing , Shameful
I saw this movie for the first time just months ago. It was one of those movies that has an impact on how you feel about who you are. Read more
Published on March 10 2003 by Anthony Kubera
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