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Mandingo - DVD


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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: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Legend Films
  • Release Date: Jan. 6 2009
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016LFG4M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,240 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By You can't run from history. on 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 By tdk on March 22 2004
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 By Alejandra Vernon on 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 By Maggie on Jan. 10 2013
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 By A Customer on Feb. 19 2004
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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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). As matter of speaking, despite the fact this film was distributed by a major studio, Paramount, and starred a major actor, James Mason, this film was usually found in many parts of the US in independent theaters, not commercial ones. This is because it was not exploitation. That's right. It was the truth. A major disturbance was going on that time in 19th century, and it was the brutality that was being shown in this film. Checking the rectums of slaves to make sure they did not have infection was just like checking pigs and cattle, and it did happen with human beings: Africans. The fact that it was known by the norms in the South of the US that black women were sexually promiscuous was pure prejudice. Watch this film, to see the shock of a white woman raping a black man. Don't ever think that did not happen. As one southern woman said before the Civil War ended (a true quote, not from the film or book): "mulattos were multiplying like blackberries." White women were raping black men then, as part of that multipilcation. Believe me when I tell you, this film was not a joke at all and it was not trash. And truthfully, the young slave owner Hammond Maxwell, played by Perry King, loved his slaves, including Mede (the disturbing word Mandingo), played by Ken Norton. But manipulation and jealousy of a white woman, increased his attitude to agree with the evil norms. But who am I to say? White women at that time were innocent and pure. This is the film that showed the norms and how true those norms were at that time.Read more ›
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By A Customer on July 11 2002
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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