Cockfighter (1974)

Warren Oates, Richard B. Shull
Monte Hellman
Warren Oates is Frank Mansfield, a down on his luck competitor in the sordid world of cockfighting. Broke, and ignoring his fiancée’s demand that he settle down to a normal life, he’s vowed to never speak again until he wins the coveted Cockfighter of the Year medal. With a cast that includes Harry Dean Stanton and Steve Railsback, a screenplay by noir novelist Charles Willeford (Miami Blues) and cinematography by Oscar winner Néstor Almendros, director Monte Hellman (Two­Lane Blacktop) creates the sort of southern­fried action flick that Hollywood doesn’t dare make any more! (Color)