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Kings of the Evening (2008)

PG | | Drama | 31 January 2008 (USA)
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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Clarence Brown
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Lucy Waters
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Henry Nicholson
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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 sewing factory set was built inside the old (1905) Bartlett school house auditorium. Mr. Cheedle's (Bruce McGill) office was built on the raised stage so it would be above the sewing room floor. An important detail for director Andrew P. Jones who wanted Mr. Cheedle to look down on the workers. See more »

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Everyone should see this film! Kings of the Evening gets 10 stars!
1 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of watching the film, Kings of the Evening at the San Diego Black Film Festival where it swept four awards including "BEST PICTURE. It also premiered at the Pan African Film Festival where it received Oscar Micheaux honors. It deserves all of the recognition and I hope it continues to win more awards at festivals. The story is beautiful and the actors definitely took the audience on a journey. Glynn Turman and Lynn Whitfield had so much chemistry and were definitely at their best! Vets like Bruce McGill and James Russo were also superb. I recommend watching this film if you get a chance. I feel it will be a timeless classic. It is not often that I see an audience so responsive with laughter and applause. Rarely films make me cry and this one certainly did! The film really speaks about love and compassion, which is something lacking in the entertainment industry these days. Where can I get a copy?


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