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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

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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Storyline

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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Plot Keywords:

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, some violence and nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don King: Seulement en Amérique See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

[last lines]
Don King: Let me write it down for you. Muhammad Ali is a multimillionaire. Larry Holmes a multimillionaire. Mike Tyson he sleeps on a bed of money. HBO I made you motherfuckers a fortune. Oh I could go on and on. You love my black ass! You know why? Because I'm exciting. You ain't making no movie on Bob Arun, are you? It's entertainment, baby! That's all! Heroes and villains, angels and devils, shit if you didn't have Don King you would have to invent them. And for all of you out there ...
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Crazy Credits

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

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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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Don King: Showboating to the Top
4 March 2011 | by MySportsComplexSee all my reviews

The great Ving Rhames plays a local Cleveland bookie and some time ex-con maneuvering his way to the top of the nascent and dynamic world of pro boxing.

Rhames, best known for his role as Pulp Fiction's gang thug Marcellus Wallace, plays a different type of tough guy and hustler in the form of an animated and verbally combative Don King; a persona he nails. Only in America also cameos Bernie Mac, Jeremy Piven and the late soul singer Lou Rawls.

For as much as other films like Any Given Sunday and Jerry Maguire have endeavored to depict the perceived evil, cutthroat and slimy nature of sports promoters, Only in America does so not by belaboring its players as bad people. Rather Don King's character is flamboyant, very human, and so exciting that, as he puts it "If you didn't have Don King, you'd have to invent him." written by Andy Frye, MySportsComplex.blogspot.com


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