A voyage into the underground world of rooster fighting.
Tiller Russell
Larry Cook, Manuel Costa, Clara Godfrey, David Holthouse, Doyle Thompson
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John RamboReviewed in the United States on October 16, 2012
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Movie is a documentry type. Follows 3 characters and their lives surrounding cockfighting. The effects of the new laws and what it does to their livelihood.The opinions and beliefs of everyone involved in cockfighting from the handlers to breeders to the suppliers question if their constitional rights are being violated. The freedom to practice the culture and heritage which was handed down to them since time memorial.The movie also touches on the differences of harvesting chickens and the opinions and facts of the opposing sides. Good stuff.
A. MoraReviewed in the United States on February 29, 2020
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armageckoReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2014
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This video barely scratches the surface of cockfighting. It provides few details about the birds, the tools or the rules, and does little to balance the controversial pro-fighting viewpoint.

The filmmakers interview/follow 3 people: the president of the gamecock association (Manuel), an ex-cockfighter from Arizona (Clara) and another American (Larry) who currently fights his birds in Mexico. There are some brief comments from an FDA official (anti) and a writer for the Arizona free press (pro). The rest of the video consists of footage (some bloody) following the three people above to different cockfights.

The filmmakers clearly have a pro-fighting agenda, and the nature of the sport obviously necessitates a rural setting, however, all of the people shadowed come across as selfish, uneducated and poor. Manuel believes cockfighting should be legal simply because he comes from a culture that enjoys it and he considers it his "God-given right." I liked Manuel but I couldn't help but think of the old Southern plantation owners who supported slavery because it was "the southern way of life." Clara waxes nostalgic for her fallen feathered warriors, but she freely admits that her goal was to win the derby money ($1500) whatever the cost. So, yes, poor Little Poco might have died, but dang if she didn't get a new sofa out of it. Larry says "(expletive) the US" because cockfighting is illegal in all but 3 states. When one of his birds falls in competition, we hear him exclaim, "(expletive) dead meat."

David Holthouse, the writer, offers the most interesting perspective in the film when he suggests that the brief life of a gamecock is actually of better quality than that of chickens sent to the slaughterhouse. I considered this for a moment, but I was again reminded of the historical defense that slaves were actually better off because at least they had a place to live and food to eat. There's no denying that slaughterhouse conditions are deplorable, but that fact by itself does not prove cockfighting to be any better/worse. Couldn't they both be EQUALLY deplorable in different ways?

The video offers little in the way of an anti-cockfighting viewpoint, it never mentions the rich history of the sport, and it fails to provide any details. It never even presents a sympathetic personality. I had previously watched the movie Cockfighter starring Warren Oates and I purchased this video to educate myself about the sport; I had no predilection as to whether cockfighting was right or wrong, I was simply interested. After viewing this video, I seriously questioned why this "sport" was still legal in New Mexico, Oklahoma & Louisiana until 2007?
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 24, 2018
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to short
HerbertReviewed in the United States on December 18, 2014
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Night bird HawaiiReviewed in the United States on October 2, 2013
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Great and informative!!
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This is a great film that shows it all.. From the low key folks to the wide open range. Great documentary of the old past time sport of the "Kings".
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jose castellanosReviewed in the United States on September 23, 2013
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i have view this film a long time ago and it was on better quality, i think this is a copy of that film is not worth the money, if i could get my money back or atlist a better movie.
Laura caldwellReviewed in the United States on March 30, 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
it was ok, not bad!
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the first time i watched i expected more, but when i watched again it as not bad I thought there would be more to it and expected more.
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