Mandingo is a movie based on the book Mandingo by Kyle Onstott and upon the play based thereon by Jack Kirkland. The movie was directed by Richard Fleischer. The movie tells the story of a plantation family and their slaves. The movie was a box office hit, but critical reviews were mixed. The movie is set on Falconhurst, a run-down plantation owned by widower Warren Maxwell and his son Hammond. Hammond's Mandingo slave Ganymede, or Mede is trained to fight other slaves. Hammond neglects his wife Blanche whom he rejects on their wedding night after discovering she was not a virgin. Hammond instead rapes his slave Ellen while Blanche forces Mede to lay with her.
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Based on the best-selling book, Mandingo is a shocking look at plantation life in the Deep South. As Maxwell focuses his attention on his wenches and Mede's brutal training, his neglected wife Susan George turns her passions towards Mede himself. The sordid doings explode across the screen as Mandingo plays out its savage and dramatic story. Up to now Legend Films has been a company mainly known for its colorization technology. Ray Harryhausen used its system to apply a wash of tints to his 20 Million Miles to Earth. But Legend also has a DVD division that has just grown larger with the licensing of 32 vintage titles from Paramount Pictures, a welcome development in light of Paramount s apparent reluctance to exploit its studio library. And none of these Paramount-Legend films, this purist notes with relief, are in need of the company s primary service: all were originally filmed in color, a few even in the glorious three-strip Technicolor process. All that dewy-eyed antebellum melodramas so carefully repress returns here with a vengeance. James Mason, wallowing in a deep Dixie accent, is Warren Maxwell, the run-down proprietor of a run-down plantation whose two great concerns in life are finding appropriate breeding partners for his prize female slave, Ellen Brenda Sykes , and his only son, an Adonis with a gimpy leg played by Perry King. Maxwell s efforts at human husbandry go luridly awry when the partner he finds for Ellen the former heavyweight champion Ken Norton as a fighting slave begins a culturally unthinkable relationship with a not-so-shrinking Southern belle, played by the British actress Susan George.
In this dreary dramatization of a popular novel Mason is a slave owner with a firm belief in strict master-slave relations. King, playing Mason's son and heir, learns of a new type of existence in master-slave relations through his affair with a pretty slave, and his gambling with her husband. The performances are overdramatized and unbelievable in a script Sign up and add shows to get the latest updates about your favorite shows - Start Now. Created with Sketch. Keep track of your favorite shows and movies, across all your devices.