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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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Muhammad Ali
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Herbert Muhammad
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Jeremiah Shabazz
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Connie Harper
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Dick Sadler
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Carl King
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Larry Holmes
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Bundini Brown
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Henrietta King
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Harold Logan
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Richie Giachetti
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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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He took on the FBI, IRS, judges, juries and the mob. Fight after fight, he was always left standing.

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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 »

Soundtracks

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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One of the best TV movies ever made!
4 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

"Don King: Only in America" is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. If it wasn't a TV movie, Ving Rhames should have won an Oscar for his brilliant portrayal of this complicated man. The film is riveting from start to finish as we see King at his beginnings as a small time crook, until what he ended up- a big time crook. The film is a masterpiece- every scene works perfectly. Perhaps the best scenes in the movie are the ones with King alone in a boxing ring talking directly to the camera. Absolutely brilliant!


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