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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: It's entertainment, baby! You love my black ass! 'Cause I'm exciting!
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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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great screenplay, dialogues
2 August 1999 | by (Pittsburgh, USA) – See all my reviews

the quality of this movie surprised me. The editing, dialogues, and screenplay flow is superb. Tough for an actor to act to be Don King, an actor himself. Learned new english words too: "tried to DISMERCIFY me". I would reccomend that the viewer see first "When We Where Kings", the documentary of the Ali-Foreman fight in Zaire, because a good 20 minutes of this movie re-enacts many scenes straight from the documentary. There are imaginative scenes and dialogues: how the character impersonating Don King talks to the camera [audience] saying how HBO is making a movie on him; stunning beginning in which a scene from the past is bridged to the present zooming in on the footsteps on a stairway, then zooming out to see the entire figure walking of a much older person.


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