Cockfighter (1974)

Also known as Born to Kill, Wild Drifter and Gamblin' Man, the film explores a Georgian (Warren Oates) who trains fighting cocks for championship tournaments.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 31, 1974
DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is a blood and guts art film with unforgettable intensity and stark scenes that few films have managed to capture with such fervor.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

A great film with a masterful silent performance by Warren Oates.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
this is a great film and i've seen much worse animal cruelty in films if that's a concern. warren oates carries it well with harry dean stanton in… More
Patrick Dolan
The second film I've seen by Hellman, and the second one that is a comment on a popular genre of the time. This one is is about sport films. The… More
Reid Volk
I cannot decide why I think Hellman is in many ways a genius. Is it because he managed to make an existential drama out of a movie about something so violent… More
Eric Broome
In theory, "Cockfighter" has plenty in common with director Monte Hellman's earlier classic "Two-Lane Blacktop." Warren Oates has a… More