Cockfight: documentary movie released 2001


– Gameness til the End

COCKFIGHT” is a voyage into the underground world of rooster fighting. The film chronicles the harrowing and hilarious adventures of three wildly different characters. The first, Manuel, is a salty 73-year old who attends illegal cockfights in California and fights to preserve the ancient but embattled sport. The second, Clara, is a vibrant Latina who was forced to quit cockfighting when the sport was outlawed in Arizona. The third, Larry, is a firebrand ex-patriot exiled to Mexico where he fights roosters for a living. Cockfight pierces the veil of secrecy that cloaks this enormously popular yet controversial activity. By bringing you in contact with people whose daily lives are defined by cockfighting, the film seeks to demonstrate how people can draw meaning, value and humor from something many see as savage and barbaric. Written by Tiller Russell and Loren Mendell

Directed by

  • Tiller Russell

Cast (in alphabetical order)

  • Larry Cook … Himself
  • Manuel Costa … Himself
  • Clara Godfrey … Herself
  • David Holthouse … Himself
  • Doyle Thompson … Himself

Produced by

  • Loren Mendell … producer
  • Tiller Russell … producer

Music by

  • Graham Tracey

Cinematography by

  • Loren Mendell

Film Editing by

  • Loren Mendell
  • Tiller Russell

Sound Department

  • Adam Parrish King … sound re-recording mixer

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