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Frank Mansfield (Warren Oates) is a game cock trainer who has taken a vow of silence; he once bragged too loudly about his cockfighting prowess and ended up losing his best fowl in a drunken, late-night match before an important tournament. To regain his pride after such hubris, Frank refuses to utter a word until he wins the coveted "Cockfighter of the Year" medal. Cockfighter follows his ups and downs as he attempts to succeed in the shadowy, barely legal sport. Frank loses his truck, trailer, and a girlfriend after trying to rig a match with fellow cocksman Jack Burke (Harry Dean Stanton), and has to sell his house to raise funds for stock. Later, Frank wins ten roosters in a private backwoods match and trains them heavily with his partner, Omar Baradinsky (Richard B. Shull), working his way back to the top of his chosen craft. He also attempts to reestablish his relationship with an old girlfriend (Patricia Pearcy) who doesn't know much about cockfighting and is repulsed when she actually witnesses one in the flesh. There is plenty of brutal footage included in Cockfighter that will dismay many animal lovers, so those with qualms about the sport should steer clear.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2015
UPC: 0644827516124
Original Release: 1974
Source: Reel Vault
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sales rank: 23,112

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Warren Oates Frank Mansfield
Richard B. Shull Omar Baradinsky
Harry Dean Stanton Jack Burke
Troy Donahue Randall Mansfield
Millie Perkins Frances Mansfield
Laurie Bird Dody White
Patricia Pearcy Actor
Robert Earl Jones Actor
Warren Finnerty Actor
Ed Begley Actor
Charles Willeford Actor

Technical Credits
Monte Hellman Director
Lee Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Nestor Almendros Cinematographer
Roger Corman Producer
Michael Franks Score Composer
Samuel W. Gelfman Producer
Lewis Teague Editor
Don Walters Asst. Director
Charles Willeford Screenwriter

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