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To Be King (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Romance  |  9 August 2011 (USA)
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The story of a down and out boxer who overcomes the odds to become a champion.



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Credited cast:
Tyrone king
Uncle Frank
Clarissa Martinez
Marcus Walsh
Sharon Stills
Jimmy O'Rielly
Kamel Goffin ...
Wesley King
Daniel Girace ...
William Bulldog
Steve Rahaman ...
Pretty Boy Steve
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murray Adams ...
Shane Harris
Brian Alevis ...
Nick Campanile ...
Lucia Clohessy ...
Nickie O'Riley
Julian Conde ...
Officer Juaquin Decali


To Be King is the story of down and out son of a professional boxer, Tyrone King, who loses his family and is plagued with setbacks but finds redemption in his life to move on. He crosses paths with the man who trained his father and the man who lead his father to his death in the underground fighting world. King finds faith in himself to stand up, fall in love and against all odds become a champion. Written by Safia Sattuar

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Victory lies within


Action | Drama | Romance



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Release Date:

9 August 2011 (USA)  »

Box Office


$60,000 (estimated)

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(Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)|



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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To Be King film release & autograph signing was held at the famed Starrett City Boxing club. See more »


After the first scenes with Frank and Jimmy, the screen flashes the month as January. A few scenes later, Tyrone's phone receives a text message with a date stamp of February. This scene would have taken place 3 days later. See more »


Jimmy O'Rielly: Your arms are too short to box with bullets.
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Production Photos are seen during the film credit. See more »


Followed by To Be King 2 (2015) See more »

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Movie Review Sunday review excerpt: To Be King
22 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"To Be King" is a highly entertaining drama that shows growth and maturity in Steve Rahaman as a budding indie filmmaker. After seeing what he can accomplish, if he keeps making films like this, I feel his career can go nowhere but up. I would say that it's an urban "Rocky" (as there are similarities in theme), but it's a completely different film. Hell, there's really not much boxing in it at all; it's all about the story, the people, and what happens when life gets tough. Steve showed that he can get the best out of actors, shots, and dialog when he puts his mind to it. About half the cast from "Blood Line" is back and, instead of it feeling like they were cast for roles, it feels as if the roles were created with them in mind… and it works so well. The main cast (Harvey, Merlino, Moss, LoDeon, Morales, Clohessy, and Goffin) handle their roles with a professional quality rarely seen in indie projects such as this. The story flows organically, with realistic dialog and situations, and the theme is strong enough to make its point without becoming too weighted. I have to say that I was very much entertained by "To Be King". I'm not saying it's a perfect movie; there are few films outside of Kubrick's library that are perfect to this reviewer. The major flaw I had with it is the score. While an excellent score on its own (much better than any score previously used by Rahaman), it still doesn't feel right at certain moments. I wouldn't say that it sours the movie at all, but that at points it becomes overwhelming when subtlety would suffice. My other nitpicks are purely minor faults that I just "would've done differently" and wouldn't be noticeable unless pointed out (an edit here, a shot there… purely inconsequential stuff). For an indie drama, "To Be King" has more potential to get Rahaman noticed than anything he's done prior. I would actually recommend this if it was playing at a local indie house as an example of what can be done when a filmmaker puts heart and soul into a project. Well done, Mr. Rahaman… now don't let it go to your head. From:

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