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Cockfighter (1974)

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DVD Release Date
• R1: Jan 30, 2001

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Running Time
1 hour, 23 minutes

Country USA

Studio New World

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Other Titles
• Cockfighter
• Born to Kill
• Gamblin' Man
• Wild Drifter

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Genre: Drama, Suspense, Cult Classic, Animals, Sports

Plot: 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 Hellman collaborator Oates barely speaks in the film, but his presence is nonetheless electrifying, making COCKFIGHTER a deeply moving drama.

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 Directed by
Monte Hellman
Two-Lane Blacktop, The Shooting, Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out!
 Written by
Charles Willeford
Miami Blues, The Woman Chaser
Harry Dean Stanton
Alien, The Green Mile, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Ed Begley Jr.
This Is Spinal Tap, The Accidental Tourist, Get Over It
Warren Oates
The Wild Bunch, Stripes, In the Heat of the Night
Richard B. Shull
Splash, HouseSitter, Klute
Laurie Bird
Two-Lane Blacktop
Troy Donahue
Cry-Baby, Imitation of Life, A Summer Place
Warren Finnerty
Cool Hand Luke, Easy Rider, The Pawnbroker
 Music By
Michael Franks
Zandy's Bride

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