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Main Details

  • Released in 1974
  • Color
  • Running Time: 83 Min.
  • Aspect Ratio: (1.85:1)
  • Production Co: Artists Entertainment Complex/New World Pictures/Rio Pinto Productions Inc.
  • Distribution Co: New World Pictures (1974) (USA)/International Film Distributors (Canada)
  • Directed by Monte Hellman
  • Written by Charles Willeford
  • Starring Warren Oates, Richard B. Shull, Harry Dean Stanton, Ed Begley Jr., and Laurie Bird
  • Produced by Roger Corman and Samuel W. Gelfman
  • Original Music by Michael Franks
  • Cinematography by Néstor Almendros
  • Film Editing by Lewis Teague, Monte Hellman (uncredited)

Plot Summary

  • A trainer of fighting cocks takes a vow of silence and gambles his loves and possessions in a bid to win a championship.

Also Known As

  • Born To Kill
  • Gallos de pelea (Spain)
  • Gamblin' Man
  • Walka kogutów (Poland)
  • Wild Drifter


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