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Kings of the Evening (2008)

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Homer Hobbs, home after two years in jail, discovers that life on the outside can be crueler than the back-breaking injustice of the chain gang. He returns to a bleak urban town caught in ... See full summary »

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Homer Hobbs
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Homer Hobbs, home after two years in jail, discovers that life on the outside can be crueler than the back-breaking injustice of the chain gang. He returns to a bleak urban town caught in the depths of the Great Depression - no jobs, no prospects, no hope - where he is thrown together with four strangers, each struggling to survive as they scratch and scheme to dig their way out of poverty. Life is grim. But on Sunday nights, in a dingy hall in a forlorn neighborhood, the men of the ghetto piece together the finest attire their meager lives can beg, borrow or steal to compete in an underground contest like no other. The big winner will go home with the five dollar prize. The real prize - far less tangible, yet priceless - is the chance to feel like a king, if just for an evening. To men like these, the touch of a woman, the adulation of the crowd, the feel of a fine-looking suit are proof enough that a man might yet escape the debasement of the ghetto. And only one can emerge - King ... Written by Robert Page Jones

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Rated PG for thematic elements, language throughout, some violence and smoking
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$3,724 (USA) (19 February 2010)

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$98,682 (USA) (27 August 2010)
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The characters of Clarence (Glynn Turman) and Benny (Reginald T. Dorsey) were drawn from people writer Robert Page Jones remembered as a boy growing up during the depression in Macon, Georgia. See more »

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Kudos!
1 April 2008 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of watching Kings of the Evening and I was amazed by the film. I will be the first to admit that I know mostly nothing about the art of film making. And so I rightfully take my place alongside every other typical film consumer. What I can say to my credit is that I am an educated viewer and Kings of the Evening is a story well-planned and thoughtfully told. There are so few films these days that are respectful and mindful of its audience; this was not the case with Kings of the Evening. The unfolding of the story was generous, offering me an opportunity to experience characters during an era that rarely meet the silver screen. The story was rich and again, kind to the audience. What a rarity these days! This story is a wonderful tool for drawing in a piece of American history with such an unlikely story of hope! I so enjoyed the character interaction and was simply dazzled by the energy, depth and seriousness of character portrayal undertaken by each actor. Kudos to the writer(s), producer(s), director(s) and most importantly to each actor; you each brought light and life to a wonderful story.


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