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Don King: Only in America (1997)

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A cinematic portrait of the famous fight promoter and boxing manager.

Director:

John Herzfeld

Writers:

Jack Newfield (book), Kario Salem (teleplay)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ving Rhames ... Don King
Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Lloyd Price
Jeremy Piven ... Hank Schwartz
Darius McCrary ... Muhammad Ali
Keith David ... Herbert Muhammad
Gabriel Casseus ... Jeremiah Shabazz
Loretta Devine ... Connie Harper
Brent Jennings ... Dick Sadler
Lahmard J. Tate ... Carl King
Danny Johnson ... Larry Holmes
Bernie Mac ... Bundini Brown
Donzaleigh Abernathy ... Henrietta King
Lou Rawls ... Harold Logan
Teddy Atlas Teddy Atlas ... Richie Giachetti
Jarrod Bunch ... George Foreman
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Don King is involved in two fistfights that result in the deaths of his combatants, and, after serving prison time, enters the world of professional boxing. Chatty, with a memorable head of hair, King becomes the promoter for Muhammad Ali and other champions, and he stages lucrative boxing spectacles in the Philippines, Zaire, Atlantic City, Reno and Las Vegas. Despite King's success, he's beset by critics who say he cons his fighters out of their ring earnings. Written by Jwelch5742

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promoter | manager | boxing | boxer | 1980s | See All (29) »

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He took on the FBI, IRS, judges, juries and the mob. Fight after fight, he was always left standing.

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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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 »

Quotes

[about Mike Tyson biting off Evander Holyfield's ear]
Don King: Y'all probably blame me for that. If it were Bob Aram, you'd say, 'There was nothing he could do.' But you blame me, black devil motherfucker. Let me tell you something: Tyson will be heavyweight champ again. And this time, you'll pay twice as much to see it. Why? Because y'all part of the same hypocrisy.
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Crazy Credits

The credits end with Don King proclaiming "It's me, baby!". See more »

Connections

References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

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Carmen Fantasy
Written by Pablo de Sarasate
Performed by Bruce Dukov & Anthony Marinelli
Produced by Anthony Marinelli
Arranged by Anthony Marinelli
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Boxing bio-pic that punches above its weight
19 April 2003 | by Pedro_HSee all my reviews

The life of boxing promoter Don King was/is so varied and complicated that I would have thought that a low budget TV movie would struggle with it. But hats off to the producers and HBO, while not having fortunes to spend they have covered most of it competently and in Ving Rhames they have a fantastic star performance. In fact it is hard to tell him from the real thing!

As we know, boxing has a seamy side, but King seems to the kind of person that pushes the boundaries of even this biz. His silver tongue (he did a lot of reading in prison) tricks many a young boxer in to signing or doing what he wants.

From jailhouse to courthouse to penthouse Don has a quality that many an eel would admire. Somehow he always comes back from any setback and seems to be able to actually to turn anything to his own advantage. If you didn't know a lot of this was true you would call it over-the-top!

His early life as a numbers runner is not glossed over, although he portrays himself as being in the "hope business" and doing people a big favour. Even in charity he thinks of only one thing - himself.

This is great black (in more senses than one) comedy and provides many belly laughs - his treatment of Larry Holmes is a gem, even turning up with a contract on this honeymoon!

You don't have to be a boxing fan to enjoy this movie, but it helps. Boxing scenes are well recreated and the star performance by Rhames (who usually plays straight-ahead bad guy roles) is worth tuning in for all by itself. Very enjoyable and far more entertaining than many boxing films with several times the budget.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don King: Seulement en Amérique See more »

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