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One Night in Miami (2020)

R | | Drama | 8 January 2021 (USA)
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One Night in Miami is a fictional account of one incredible night where icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered discussing their roles in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the 60s.

Director:

Regina King

Writers:

Kemp Powers (screenplay by), Kemp Powers (based on the stage play "One Night In Miami..." by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kingsley Ben-Adir ... Malcolm X
Eli Goree ... Cassius Clay
Aldis Hodge ... Jim Brown
Leslie Odom Jr. ... Sam Cooke
Lance Reddick ... Kareem X
Christian Magby ... Jamaal
Joaquina Kalukango ... Betty X
Nicolette Robinson ... Barbara Cooke
Michael Imperioli ... Angelo Dundee
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Drew 'Bundini' Brown
Derek Roberts ... Jerome X
Beau Bridges ... Mr. Carlton
Emily Bridges ... Emily Carlton
Amondre D. Jackson ... L.C. Cooke
Jerome A. Wilson ... Elijah Muhammad (as Jerome Wilson)

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Get to know Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr. and more One Night in Miami stars with behind-the-scenes shots on set with director Regina King, and more photos.

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Set on the night of February 25, 1964, "One Night in Miami" follows a young, brash Cassius Clay as he emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center the new Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World. Against all odds, he defeated Sonny Liston and shocked the sports world. While crowds of people swarm Miami Beach to celebrate the match, Clay - unable to stay on the island because of Jim Crow-era segregation laws - spends the evening at the Hampton House Motel in Miami's African American Overtown neighborhood celebrating with three of his closest friends: Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown. During this historic evening, these icons, who each were the very representation of the Pre-Black Power Movement and felt the social pressure their cross-over celebrity brought, shared their thoughts with each other about their responsibilities as influencers, standing up, defending their rights and moving the country forward to equality and empowerment for all black people. The next morning, the ...

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Drama

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Events in this film take place February 1964. Sam Cooke was shot to death December 11, 1964 in a bizarre motel incident. See more »

Goofs

At the very start of the movie the boxing match is credited as taking place at "Wembley Park". The arena is actually called Wembley Stadium. Wembley Park is the name of one of the London Underground (tube) stations that serves the stadium. See more »

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Sam Cooke: But you still obey them, so when they tell you to come out here to recruit Cassius to become a member of some...
Malcolm X: I didn't make Cassius do anything! He came to me for insight, he had questions. His passion for Islam come from a pure...
Cassius Clay: Passion... is kind of a strong word.
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Lonely Teardrops
Written by Billy Davis (as Roquel Davis), Gwen Gordy Fuqua (as Gwendolyn Gordy Fuqua), Berry Gordy (as Berry Gordy Jr.)
Performed by Jeremy Pope
Published by Third Above Inc., Jobete Music Co Inc., Old Brompton Road Music, Regent Music Corp
Courtesy of Hampton King Louisiana Productions, LLC
By arrangement with ABKCO Music & Records, Inc.
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A powerful punch
16 January 2021 | by cliftonofunSee all my reviews

For the first 20 minutes or so of this film, I thought "This definitely feels more like a play than a movie." But then the conversations got going. And the actors started truly inhabiting their roles. And I stopped wondering how much of this night's events were fictional. By that point, it did not just feel cinematic. It felt moving. The performances alone were worth it, but their moments talking together might stick with me even longer. Kudos to Powers and King for giving a stageplay new life and new relevance.


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 2021 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Thibodaux, Louisiana, USA See more »

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2.39 : 1
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