Mandingo (1975)

Richard Fleischer directed this lurid historical drama based on the novel by Kyle Onstott. The story begins on a run-down plantation lorded over by Warren Maxwell (James Mason) and his son Hammond (Perry King). Hammond travels to New… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 25, 1975
DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Until this moment we cannot be certain that the movie is going to employ every cliche of antebellum melodrama.

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Variety Staff

Embarrassing and crude.

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Mike Emery
Austin Chronicle

This is a deeply depressing film. The main problem is that shock value is the centerpiece, so the theme of slavery is just a vehicle for horrific gore and interracial sex.

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Sam Adams
AV Club

Viewed with fresh eyes, it can credibly be seen as revisionist history of a particularly savage kind.

Time Out

Good to see Fleischer returning to the kind of psycho-pathological thriller that he can handle so well.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

At least offers no tears for the demise of the good ole days in Dixie.

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Roger Ebert

Mandingo is racist trash, obscene in its manipulation of human beings and feelings, and excruciating to sit through.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

One of the most neglected and underrated Hollywood films of its era.

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

Mandingo is excessive, yet its excesses invariably reveal the caustic truths of social critique.

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