Based on Kyle Onstott's novel of sexploitation sociology, Mandingo is an embarrassing and crude film which wallows in every cliche of the slave-based white society in the pre-Civil War South.
Based on Kyle Onstott’s novel of sexploitation sociology, Mandingo is an embarrassing and crude film which wallows in every cliche of the slave-based white society in the pre-Civil War South.The cornball adaptation is exceeded in banality only by the performances of James Mason, slave-breeder father of son Percy King, who in turn develops what passes for genuine affection for Brenda Sykes, while wife Susan George descends into revenge with Ken Norton, stud slave whom King also has befriended for purposes of pugilistic gambling. Lots of cardboard tragedy ensues.
Paramount. Director Richard Fleischer; Producer Dino De Laurentiis; Screenplay Norman Wexler; Camera Richard H. Kline; Editor Frank Bracht; Music Maurice Jarre; Art Director Boris Leven
(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1975. Running time: 126 MIN.
James Mason Susan George Percy King Richard Ward Brenda Sykes Ken Norton