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Don King: Only in America (1997)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  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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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 had a moment of religious epiphanosity.
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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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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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