3/24/11

Cockfighter (1974)

His Game is Winning.  Her Game is Men.

Cockfighter
That's right, this movie is called Cockfighter.  If you want to see a more explicit tagline for this film than the title of the post feel free to Google it, but we're trying to be a little more family friendly here on Beasts in Human Skin

With these stupid taglines and that ridiculous poster, I expected Cockfighter to be another campy hixploitation movie.  I guess I thought it would be something like The Dukes of Hazzard with boobies and rooster fights but I was mistaken.  Instead, Cockfighter is an excellent film.  Sure, it has its moments of silliness but overall it's a serious character study of a man who is obsessed with winning at any cost, it's just that this man is obsessed with winning the title of "Cockfighter of the Year."

Even though he speaks few words throughout the film, Warren Oates gives an outstanding performance as the a likable yet emotionally detached southerner who cares about little but that cockfighting medal.  You see, he stopped talking after his big mouth cost him the title one year.  Possessions are gambled away, family members are put out on the street and women (including the lovely Patricia Pearcy) are tossed aside as he maintains his narrow focus.  The only thing that matters to this man is that cockfighting title.

Capoeira!
The cockfights in this movie are real and they can be brutal.  Because of the animal cruelty and the fact that these fights were staged specifically for the film, Cockfighter is banned in the United Kingdom.  After movies like Cannibal Holocaust however, I found the cockfighting scenes to be fairly tame in comparison.

I was really surprised by this film.  Cockfighter is legitimately good, not just good for a grindhouse film.  I can't recommend it enough.

Violence Rating (mainly against chickens and Ed Begley Jr.):  3.5 out of 5
Booby Rating:  2 out of 5  

Because of language and some nudity, the trailer is NSFW.




35 comments:

The Angry Lurker said...

Great movie title and Warren Oates the legend himself, The Wild Bunch, Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia etc........

PvtCarlin said...

They'll make a movie about anything these days. They've gotta have some interesting characters because a movie soley about cockfighting wouldn't make it past 30 mins.

elexerdelex said...

somehow I think if I google ''cockfighter'' ill get a lot of pr0n...

Jack L said...

Seems interesting, Warren Oates is awesome and I thought I saw Harry Dean Stanton in that trailer, am I right?

I probably won't see the film though as I find animal cruelty to be pretty hard to watch...

Rob said...

Warren Oates? Chickens? I'm down for this.

KUSHtunes said...

WARREN OATES: COCKFIGHT! haha i love the title

Shutterbug said...

That girl is a playa! :)

hoaks2 said...

Wow... surprising that this movie is good.

Brother Joseph said...

I love Scanners...lol.

Malkavian said...

The title of this flick is Legendary, and i agree trying to google this with out a grin in your face is troublesome.

THUNDERCAT832 said...

That's what I get for reading out loud lol I'm at the library and said COCKFIGHTER OUT LOUD and got shhhhh-ed lol

D4 said...

Couldn't get past the first line without snickering, but I'm keeping an eye out for cockfighter. Gigglez.

amBored said...

cockpuncher? :D

Astronomy Pirate said...

I find it hard to take any movie called Cockfigher seriously.

leanmeansteen said...

wow this looks great. i think my dad would like this too.

Aaron M. Gipson said...

I'd really like to see this as your review makes it sound better than it looks (and I like hixploitation films alot), but whenever I do a search for it....well...I get stuff that I definitely DON'T want to see.

Jay.CA said...

his game is winning. AWESOME!

ed said...

thats a low rating, looks like ill skip this one

G said...

interesting idea...don't think I've ever seen a film about cock fighting...apart from wwe

thenitefalls said...

Lol I didn't know there was movies about cockfighting very interesting and I saw some boobies in the trailer :D

A Beer for the Shower said...

Worth it just for the tagline. I'm gonna go hunt this one down.

Tasos said...

You are right, that poster is hideous. I'll take your advise then and stay away from the movie. I think I've seen enough in the trailer

Breedlma said...

Ha pretty cool. It actually seems pretty good!

*followed*

Kicking Rocks said...

ROFL!!!! at whatelexerdelex said!

Raw said...

Nice review, that's crazy that it actually turned out to be a good movie.

Bassislv said...

lol looks like they can make movies about anything these days

Garth said...

dont mess with chickens

Con Queso said...

It'd be weird to see a real cockfight in a movie, but I see what you mean by there are worse things.

Moob said...

awesome!

Sam said...

Hehe, nice title !

YourArgumentIsCurrentlyInvalide said...

nice blog! :)
followed

A Hermit said...

It seems like it would be entertaining, I'll think about seeing it

Patti D. said...

Very nice! thanks for the review

Obi-wan Mikenobi said...

Pffft, banned in the UK. We are really shit at making scary and/or violent movies to be fair. Maybe you shuld review some british movies?

"we're trying to be a little more family friendly here on Beasts in Human Skin." - Banacek, after being told of by Google :P

tentas said...

cool stuff
Warren Oates and Chickens!

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