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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.

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Lloyd Price
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Muhammad Ali
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Herbert Muhammad
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Carl King
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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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Rated R for strong language, some violence and nudity | See all certifications »
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15 November 1997 (USA)  »

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Don King: Seulement en Amérique  »

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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 »

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[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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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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Written by Harold Logan and Lloyd Price
Performed by by Vondie Curtis-Hall
Produced by Anthony Marinelli
Arranged by Anthony Marinelli
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Don King: Showboating to the Top
4 March 2011 | by See 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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