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Kings of the Evening (2008)

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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
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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 Jones Clyde Jones ... Reginald Crump
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


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Release Date:

31 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Bartlett, Texas, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,724, 19 February 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$98,682, 29 August 2010
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Picture Palace Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The contest in the film is based on a South African tradition called the Oswenkas, which the writers first read about in a newspaper article in 2002. See more »

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"Kings of the Evening"
6 April 2008 | by abrahamjSee all my reviews

Last weekend, I had the great honor to view the wonderful film, "Kings of the Evening" at the 7th Annual Arizona Black Film Showcase 2008. I and many persons within the theater were very impressed with the story, the actors and actresses' performances, and the quality of the over all production of the film. It is my hope that as this country enters a time of economic, political, and social uncertainty, that this film could be an inspiration for us all, today! One can't deny the fact that this film was a labor of love for Lynn Whitfield, Glynn Turman, Tyson Beckford, Linara Washington, Reginald Dorsey, and the other persons involved in this production. I hope that my comment and others positive comments in behalf of "Kings of the Evening" will motive other persons to view such an important work of art.

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