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Don King: Only in America (1997)

A cinematic portrait of the famous fight promoter and boxing manager.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lloyd Price
Hank Schwartz
Jeremiah Shabazz
Connie Harper
Carl King
Henrietta King
Lou Rawls ...
Harold Logan
Teddy Atlas ...
Richie Giachetti


Don King is involved in two fistfights that result in the deaths of his combatants, and, after serving prison time, enters the world of professional boxing. Chatty, with a memorable head of hair, King becomes the promoter for Muhammad Ali and other champions, and he stages lucrative boxing spectacles in the Philippines, Zaire, Atlantic City, Reno and Las Vegas. Despite King's success, he's beset by critics who say he cons his fighters out of their ring earnings. Written by Jwelch5742

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promoter | manager | boxing | boxer | 1980s | See All (29) »


Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, some violence and nudity | See all certifications »




Release Date:

15 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Don King: Seulement en Amérique  »

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Did You Know?


When accepting the Golden Globe for "Best Actor In A Miniseries or Made For TV Movie" a tearful Ving Rhames called fellow nominee Jack Lemmon onstage and praised him for being such an inspiration. He then shocked the audience, as well as Lemmon, by giving him the award. See more »


Don King: If you didn't have Don King, you'd have to invent him.
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Crazy Credits

The credits end with Don King proclaiming "It's me, baby!". See more »


References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »


Written by Harold Logan and Lloyd Price
Performed by by Vondie Curtis-Hall
Produced by Anthony Marinelli
Arranged by Anthony Marinelli
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Not A Pretty Picture Of A Flamboyant Man
11 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kudos to Ving Rhames for a job well done as the flamboyant boxing promoter Don King, who is still with us in the boxing game, although he's toned down quite a bit. I'll bet Rhames had a lot of fun playing this role. King, meanwhile, will always be King, and you ring fans know what I mean by that. Still, I wonder if he doesn't cringe watching this biography of him.

As interesting a career as Mr. King has, that doesn't mean I enjoyed watching this movie. It's extremely racist, at least in the first half which turned me off so much I don't recall if even finished the film. All white people were portrayed as bad people. How is that permitted, when the opposite is not. Just the typical double standard employed by most filmmakers.

However, to be fair, King was a bad, bad dude in his early days and the film is portraying that. He's a much different person today. It's just that it's not fun to watch, nor is the profanity in here fun to hear. I don't mind "language" since I'm no choir boy, but this is ridiculous in here. Don't let the "made-for-TV" label fool you. It was made for HBO, and anything goes on that network.

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