Synopsis: 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...
Genre: Drama
83 min


I learned to fly a plane.

I lost interest in it.

Water skiiing.

I lost interest in it.

But, uh, this is something

you don't conquer.

Anything that can

fight to the death

And not utter a sound, well.

The person that puts the

most and works the hardest

Is supposed to win.

And usually that's

the way it comes out.

The drive in it

is to be the best.

We call it sharpness.

When you can hit that peak.

When that bird is at his

best, then he'll win for you,

Because you make your luck.

I can pick out the best

bird by his conformation,

His bone structure.

But I can't look into his heart

and tell you how game he is.

You know what you said

in your sleep last night?

You said, Randy, you mother.

I'm gonna kick your shit

ass clear across this room.

You remember that?

Who's Randy?

You can't fool me.

If you can talk

when you're asleep,

You can talk when you're awake.

I just want you

to know I know it.

That's some mighty

Sandspur, huh.

Well, what kind of money

we talking about this hack?

What, $100?


I figured on taking you

for at least $1,000.

I'm risking my $200 ace

against you $100 bet.

Uh, I don't know.

I'll tell you what I'll do,

I'll put up another $900

Against your car and trailer.

Even money.

That's the car and

trailer plus the $100, OK?

I'll catch you later.

When I

was doing to Sandspur's bill

Wasn't exactly illegal, but I

didn't feel too proud about it.

Only wanted to boost the betting

odds by making the gamblers

Think that Sandspur's

bill was cracked.


They want this all on Sandspur.

Forget it.

You know I can't get

a four to one bet.

Cracked bill?


Now I don't know who

to bed, you or Burke.

Maybe I'll be able

to get some out.

Five pounds, two ounces, even.

You handling Jack?

No, Ralph's going to handle him.

He's about half pounds

over, you're going

To have to cut away, Frank.

Uh he can have the half pound.

He can have shit, you know

there's no two ounce leeway.

Official SCT hack.

What I meant was, uh, it

don't make no never mind to me.

It makes a difference

to the better, Jack.

Five two, even.

See that, Jack?

He's got a cracked beak.


Well if I'd known he

had a cracked bill

I'd give you some odds.

Who wants to call it?

Tails it is.

That's a short guess.

Set him low and outside there.

What was that?

Burke was a long gaff man,

But I preferred the short heels.

Sandspur was a cutter and all

the best would short gaffs.

I mean David was used to

long, three-inch heels.

By me winning the toss,

I'd given Sandspur

A slight advantage

over little David.

Ladies and gentleman, this is

an extra hack between Mr. Jack

Burke, Burke's Farm, Mr. Frank

Mansfield, Mansfield Farms,


The official southern conference

hack, no time limit, no draw,

Both birds with short gaffs.

Mr. Ralph Hansen will

handle for Mr. Burke.

That's enough.


Get ready.



Get ready.


That broken beak lost your

bird his pecker power, Frank.

The winner is Mr. Burke.

Well, got it all down, Frank,

yours and mine, three to one.

Great Sandspur, game but lame.

You ought to give

up this shit, Frank.

Well, don't look for me in

Milledgeville this year.

I was getting

ready to wash them.

I never heard of anybody so

mean they'd take a family's

Mobile home away from them.

Now, little lady, we made a bet,

You see, and we

shook hands on it.

Nobody shook my hand.

What about me,

what happens to me?

No, I don't know

about that, Frank.

I got, I got me a lady

friend up in Kissimmee.

Uh, little, little David'll meet

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Charles Willeford

Charles Ray Willeford III (January 2, 1919 – March 27, 1988) was an American writer. An author of fiction, poetry, autobiography, and literary criticism, Willeford is best known for his series of novels featuring hardboiled detective Hoke Moseley. Willeford published steadily from the 1940s, but vaulted to wider attention with first Hoke Moseley book, Miami Blues (1984), which is considered one of its era's most influential works of crime fiction. Film adaptations have been made of three of Willeford's novels: Cockfighter, Miami Blues, and The Woman Chaser. more…

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