Drum 1976

Yaphet Kotto in Drum
Yaphet Kotto in Drum

Drum is a 1976 American film based on the Kyle Onstott novel of the same name. It was released by United Artists and is a sequel to the film Mandingo, released in 1975. The film stars Warren OatesPam GrierKen Norton, and was directed by Steve Carver.

This film picks up the story 15 years after the events of the first film. Drum (Norton) has been born to a white prostitute (Vega), who raises him with her black lesbian lover (Kelly). Drum grows up to be a fighter and is often forced to bare-knuckle-box other slaves for the entertainment of the owners, one of whom is a gay Frenchman named Bernard DeMarigny (Colicos). DeMarigny wants to sleep with Drum, but his advances are rejected by the slave and DeMarigny vows revenge against Drum. Drum and his friend Blaise (Kotto) are eventually sold to plantation owner Hammond Maxwell (Oates) and are both taken to his plantation to work. Drum’s girlfriend Regine (Grier) is purchased by Maxwell as well and is taken to the plantation for his own personal desires.

 

Cast (in credits order) 

Yaphet Kotto                                 …            Blaise

Warren Oates                                …            Hammond Maxwell

Isela Vega                                       …            Marianna

Ken Norton                                    …            Drum

Pam Grier                                       …            Regine (as Pamela Grier)

John Colicos                                  …            Bernard DeMarigny

Fiona Lewis                                    …            Augusta Chauvet

Paula Kelly                                     …            Rachel

Royal Dano                                    …            Zeke Montgomery

Lillian Hayman                             …            Lucretia Borgia

Cheryl Smith                                  …            Sophie Maxwell (as Rainbeaux Smith)

Alain Patrick                                  …            Lazare

Brenda Sykes                                 …            Calinda

Clay Tanner                                    …            Mr. Holcomb

Lila Finn                                          …            Mrs. Holcomb

Henry Wills                                     …            Mr. Gassaway

Donna Garrett                                 …            Mrs. Gassaway

Harvey Parry                                   …            Dr. Redfield

May Boss                                          …            Mrs. Redfield (as May R. Boss)

Ilona Wilson                                    …            Elly Bee Rowe

Monique Madnes                            …            Mary Ruth Rowe

Eddie Smith                                     …            Bruno

S.A. Lewis                                         …            Babouin

Harold Jones                                    …            Slave #1

Maurice Emanuel                            …            Slave #2

Larry Williams                                 …            Slave #3

Julie Ann Johnston                         …            Woman Guest #1

Jeannie Epper                                   …            Woman Guest #2 (as Jean Epper)

Bob Minor                                           …            Cuban Slave

John Vernon                                      …            (scenes deleted)

Amedee Frederick                            …            Jacque (uncredited)

Hector Freeman                               …            Slave (uncredited)

Sharmagne Leland-St. John         …            Demimonde (uncredited)

Roger E. Mosley                               …            Slave (uncredited)

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