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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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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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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: I don't see you making a movie about Bob Arum.
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The credits end with Don King proclaiming "It's me, baby!". See more »

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Featured in The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1998) See more »

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Stagger Lee
Written by Harold Logan & Lloyd Price
Performed by Vondie Curtis-Hall
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Don King: Showboating to the Top
4 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The great Ving Rhames plays a local Cleveland bookie and some time ex-con maneuvering his way to the top of the nascent and dynamic world of pro boxing.

Rhames, best known for his role as Pulp Fiction's gang thug Marcellus Wallace, plays a different type of tough guy and hustler in the form of an animated and verbally combative Don King; a persona he nails. Only in America also cameos Bernie Mac, Jeremy Piven and the late soul singer Lou Rawls.

For as much as other films like Any Given Sunday and Jerry Maguire have endeavored to depict the perceived evil, cutthroat and slimy nature of sports promoters, Only in America does so not by belaboring its players as bad people. Rather Don King's character is flamboyant, very human, and so exciting that, as he puts it "If you didn't have Don King, you'd have to invent him." written by Andy Frye, MySportsComplex.blogspot.com


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