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Kings of the Evening (2008)

PG | | Drama | 31 January 2008 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


Andrew P. Jones
8 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Tyson Beckford ... Homer Hobbs
Lynn Whitfield ... Gracie
Glynn Turman ... Clarence Brown
Linara Washington ... Lucy Waters
Reginald T. Dorsey ... Benny Potter
James Russo ... Ramsey
Bruce McGill ... Wilfred Cheedle
Steven Williams ... Mr. Gamba
Clyde Risley Jones Clyde Risley Jones ... Reginald Crump (as Clyde Jones)
Lou Myers ... Counter Man
Willard E. Pugh ... Henry Nicholson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tariq Alexander ... Stanley Kluntz
Paul Archer ... Peddler
Meredith Beal ... Bum
David Blackwell ... Pawnbroker


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, language throughout, some violence and smoking

Did You Know?


This was the first acting job for Charles Quiett who played Al the Bartender. Quiett, who was also in the transportation department, was a long time friend of producer Dorsey. Director Jones cast him after a brief meeting and audition. See more »

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BASED ON TRUE EVENTS - Brilliant Story-Telling
7 April 2008 | by ShineBrytGodSee all my reviews

First of all, I had the opportunity to hear a Q & A session, where the key players explained how the writer derived the story from true events of a real fashion show in South Africa. "Kings of the Evening" is a one of a kind. This movie is truly entertaining, and has a certain mental keenness about how the story is told. Each character is defined from the beginning, starting with Lucy Waters whose character is revealed in one of the first scenes where her co- workers compensate her docked wages. Linara Washington impressively played the role to coin a paradigm for the hard-working woman. Simply put, the intimacy expressed in each scene makes you connect to each character. That is what I believe Film-Making is all about. Lastly, the performance of Glynn Turman is again striking and he is a favorite on screen always! GREAT JOB!

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Release Date:

31 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Bartlett, Texas, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,156, 13 June 2010

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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