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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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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »
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Lloyd Price
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Hank Schwartz
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Connie Harper
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Carl King
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Storyline

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) »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated R for strong language, some violence and nudity | See all certifications »
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15 November 1997 (USA)  »

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Don King: Seulement en Amérique  »

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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 »

Quotes

Don King: I had a moment of religious epiphanosity.
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Crazy Credits

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 See more »

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Carmen Fantasy
Written by Pablo de Sarasate
Performed by Bruce Dukov & Anthony Marinelli
Produced by Anthony Marinelli
Arranged by Anthony Marinelli
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Ving Rhames is the champ, Don King nothing but chump.
30 April 1999 | by (Lucas Buck, NC) – See all my reviews

Don King is a self-promoter the likes that few have seen in our lifetime. This film takes a novel approach to telling the King story, blowing KING up into as big a buffoon as possible, and using King himself (actor Ving Rhames) in telling the tale. I give director John Herzfeld credit-it's a novel and appropriate approach to the biography of a man who truly is more caricature than real.

Rhames gives an inspired and convincing performance as King, breathing much life into a film from a book that was for all practical purposes stillborn.

Enjoy the movie for Rhames and pay little attention to the details.


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