Tonight at 8pm CT, hit play on Cockfighter (Amazon Prime). This one comes straight from a recommendation from B-Movie showcase legend Joe Bob Briggs. Who am I to question the immortal Joe Bob?
Especially on a film with a tagline this epic:
“He came into town with his cock in hand, and what he did with it was illegal in 49 states.”
Here is the storyline from IMDB:
Frank Mansfield has wanted to win the Cockfighter of the Year medal for ages. Frank never speaks. After shooting his mouth off one too many times then losing a champion rooster in a casual hotel room cockfight, he swore never to speak again until he’s won that award... He makes a bet with old crony Jack to be settled at the upcoming meet. Frank puts his car and his trailer on the line; he loses. Jack gets the trailer, and Frank’s part-time girlfriend who goes with it. Frank’s long-time girlfriend Mary Elizabeth wants him to get serious and settle down. But Frank has to raise some money for a new cock - $500 - then he can form a partnership with fellow cocksman Omar Baradansky and make another try for that medal...
It’s got the legendary Harry Dean Stanton. It’s got a young, overall clad Ed Begley, Jr. attacking Warren Oates with an axe! It is inexplicably based on a novel! It’s got a guy whose woman makes him choose between her and cockfighting—and HE CHOOSES THE COCKFIGHTING!!!
I still can’t get over that this was a novel.
Here’s the trailer:
If you’re a bit down because neither Lipscomb nor Pinkney got drafted today, I can think of no better film to cheer you up.
Join us in the comments. This is fixin’ to be a good’n.