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Don King: Only in America (1997)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama | Sport  -  15 November 1997 (USA)
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A cinematic portrait of the famous fight promoter and boxing manager.

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Biography of fight promoter Don King follows his rise from a street goon convicted of strong arm tactics to a minor music promoter to pulling off his first major fight with Muhammed Ali for a charity. Ving Rhames' characterization gives a fully three dimensional person with warts and all, but still makes it understandable how he became the affluent promoter he has become. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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

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

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Don King: Black people don't get no credit for nothing. All we've got is one word. That word is motherfucker.
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The credits end with Don King proclaiming "It's me, baby!". See more »

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Referenced in Wait, Wait, Don't Kill Me (2015) See more »

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BETTER THAN THE REAL THING
21 March 2000 | by (El Segundo, CA) – See all my reviews

Even if you don't like Don King, you gotta give it up for Ving Rhames in this movie. He is an able portrayer of Don King, from looks to personality (heck, he made Don King a little likable!) The movie gave insight into a sport that you either love or hate - boxing, as well as a look into Don King's history. It made for good viewing and I found myself howling at certain points. A bonus for me happened at the end, during a three second stretch in which my boyfriend's head passed as he walked behind Ving Rhames and Vondie Curtis-Hall at LAX!

I would definitely give this movie a 10!


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