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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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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: Y'know who's a motherfucker? The devil's a motherfucker.
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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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One of the best TV movies ever made!
4 October 2000 | by (Waterloo, Ontario) – 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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