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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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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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Trivia

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: Y'know who's a motherfucker? The devil's a motherfucker.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #2.11 (2015) See more »

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Stagger Lee
Written by Harold Logan and Lloyd Price
Performed by Vondie Curtis-Hall
Produced by Anthony Marinelli
Arranged by Anthony Marinelli
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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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