Supercock (1975)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Don't be fooled by the packaging of this violent action-comedy's video release; despite its claims of "family fun" and an animated credit sequence, Fowl Play (originally released as Supercock) is not for children. Why anyone would assume that the brutal sport of cockfighting would be appropriate for the whole family is a headscratcher in itself, and the fact that the film gets barely subtle comic mileage out of the double meaning of the word "cock" further proves it was originally meant for adults. Director Gus Trikonis captures the seediness of his tropical setting, focusing on back alleys, crowded streets, and the dilapidated arena that hosts the tournament, and a climactic horse-and-buggy chase is an unintentional hoot. However, the main character's attempts at justifying his sport are weak at best, and despite his radical "affection training" the whole enterprise is ultimately just a way for him to bet heavily enough to avoid work. Of course, if the viewer has no qualms with cockfighting, then Fowl Play will appear to be just another lightweight, predictable drive-in picture, though the controversial nature of the subject will likely raise questions for most.