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Drum (1976)

Documentary movie directed by Steve Carver

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[2.5]--Drum is a guilty pleasure

  • Feb 6, 2008
I enjoyed this film to an extent. Now, the only reason why I bought this disc was because my girl Pam Grier was in it. However, its not "Roots" but it's actually decent flick. Although Warren Oates receives top billing, you may wonder where he is for the first half hour, as most of this is taken up with Drum's unpleasant encounters with DeMarigny (Colicos way over the top and in possession of an offensive accent). When Drum wins the fight with Blaise he is awarded his own woman, but he shouldn't get too comfortable because the aggressively homosexual DeMarigny has designs on him, and when spurned vows revenge. This means Drum, appropriately played by wooden boxer Norton as if he'd much rather be somewhere else, has to be relocated by Marianna to work for Oates' plantation owner Hammond Maxwell, especially after Rachel has been murdered by the Frenchman.

The highlight of the movie is the dialogue of Warren Oates who plays the Ignorant Country Hick Plantation Owner. He is hilarious and would say things like "I found you in a Ho house and you aint even a Hoe". One thing about the film is that at least you couldn't say it was exploiting the African Americans in the cast, who are portrayed as sympathetic in the main - a pity you couldn't say the same for the women in the cast, who are treated as if the best they can offer the story is to take their clothes off. Over half the actresses disrobe for the camera, which exposes the true intentions of the filmmakers, and the most thankless role goes to Cheryl Rainbeaux Smith, as the daughter of Maxwell who is determined to get one of the slaves into bed. But even Fiona Lewis, as the prospective next Mrs Maxwell, has a gratuitous bath scene and of course the naked view of Pam Grier in her master's bedroom.

So basically, if you're looking for an examination of the last years of the slave trade in America, you will be disappointed, but if you're after sexploitation, then that's what Drum is really all about.

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The sequel to "Mandingo". Set in New Orleans in 1860, a handsome brothel slave, Drum (Ken Norton), is bought by the scheming plantation owner Hammond Maxwell (Warren Oates) for the sole purpose of siring beautiful slave children. Maxwell will then sell the children in the slave market for up to $3. each. But others have designs on the attractive, powerful Drum, and many of them are women...
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Director: Steve Carver
Runtime: 101.0 minutes
Studio: Blax Film

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