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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

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Picture Palace Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The sewing factory set was built inside the old (1905) Bartlett school house auditorium. Mr. Cheedle's (Bruce McGill) office was built on the raised stage so it would be above the sewing room floor. An important detail for director Andrew P. Jones who wanted Mr. Cheedle to look down on the workers. See more »

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6 March 2008 | by tfwood1958See all my reviews

Although this movie had quite a few well-known actors, it lacked excitement and depth. At times it was very slow-moving and boring and you kept waiting for something profound to occur, but to my disappointment, there were a lot of clichés and was very predictable. After seeing the Great Debaters with Denzel, where the story was built around justice and equal rights, which is something that really matters to society; this movie was definitely in another league. It lacked creativity, excitement, suspense, and newness. I didn't walk away from it feeling as if its message made an impact on me. Having read rave reviews about it in various articles, I expected so much more, and got way more less than anticipated.

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