Cockfighter (The Film Detective Restored Version)
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 23 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 29, 2017
- Originally Released: 1974
- Label: Film Detective
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Warren Oates & Harry Dean Stanton|
|Performer:||Ed Begley, Jr., Troy Donahue, Millie Perkins, Robert Earl Jones, Patricia Pearcy, Laurie Bird & Warren Finnerty|
|Directed by||Monte Hellman|
|Edited by||Lewis Teague|
|Produced by||Roger Corman|
|Director of Photography:||Néstor Almendros|
Rating: 5/5 -- A great film with a masterful silent performance by Warren Oates.
San Francisco Examiner
Rating: B+ -- This is a blood and guts art film with unforgettable intensity and stark scenes that few films have managed to capture with such fervor. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Hellman embraces, with visual nuance, a world of back roads and forests, grim motels and ramshackle arenas, and he approaches the intricacies of the subculture ... with a cool Hemingwayesque moralism. Full Review
Warren Oates delivers another riveting performance in COCKFIGHTER, Monte Hellman's audacious, sensitive adaptation of Charles Willeford's novel. Oates stars as Frank Mansfield, a small-town Georgia man who gets caught up in the illegal game of cockfighting and finds that his losses far outweigh his winnings. Cocky and belligerent, Frank loses his chance at winning the Cockfighter Of The Year medal to Jack Burke (Harry Dean Stanton) the night before a big tournament, when he challenges Burke to an off-the-record cockfight. Two years later, Frank is still struggling to win the award. To prove his seriousness, he has vowed never to speak again until he claims the medal. This puts an obvious strain on his relationship with Mary Elizabeth (Patricia Pearcy), who is contemplating marriage with another man. Frank truly believes that if Mary Elizabeth sees him in the ring, doing what he does best, she will embrace and accept who he is, and will agree to marry him. As the most important tournament nears, Frank continues to focus solely on his rooster, believing that it holds his only chance at redemption. Frequent Monte Hellman collaborator Oates barely speaks in the film, but his presence is nonetheless electrifying, making COCKFIGHTER a deeply moving drama.