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.


Regina King


Kemp Powers (screenplay by), Kemp Powers (based on the stage play "One Night In Miami..." by)
62 ( 75)
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 65 wins & 170 nominations. See more awards »





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)

'One Night in Miami' Cast Talks Representation on Screen

Regina King, director of One Night in Miami, and stars Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr., Eli Goree, and Kingsley Ben-Adir share the first time they saw themselves reflected on screen. They dive deep into the actors and roles that inspired them, and what they hope audiences will take away from their ground-breaking film.

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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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Rated R for language throughout | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


One thing added into the movie from the play was that Malcolm X had a love of photography. Famous photographer Gordon Parks described Malcolm X as using the camera to take evidence. The closing shot was based on a picture Malcolm X took of Ali. See more »


The film shows Malcolm watching Sam Cooke performing live on TV while he and his family are in a motel after their house is firebombed. But Malcolm's house was firebombed in February of 1965, two months after Sam Cooke was killed. See more »


Jim Brown: [regarding the ice cream in the motel room] Well, what flavor is it?
Malcolm X: Well, we have vanilla, Jimmy...
[pulls a second carton out of the freezer]
Malcolm X: ...and vanilla.
Jim Brown: Shit.
Sam Cooke: How's that for irony?
Malcolm X: Last time I checked, Brother Sam, vanilla was your flavor of choice.
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Chain Gang
Written by Sam Cooke and Charles Cooke
Performed by Leslie Odom Jr.
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The fantastic 4
27 January 2021 | by MarcoParzivalRochaSee all my reviews

What do 4 African American community icons talk about in a hotel room in Miami?

It's a fictional meeting, yes, but the content discussed could not be more real.

The film focuses on civil rights and the increasingly influential role of African Americans in American society, whether in sport, music, politics or society in general.

The actors are perfect for the roles they play, giving essential authenticity to the story, and not just that each character was the raw reflection of the areas in which they are inserted.

The discussions / talks are captivating and well-paced, without any boring moments.

Regina King really knew how to make this film, without too much drama or too much "demonization" of the white man, and giving to the audience a truth that many still try to hide nowadays.

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Release Date:

8 January 2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Night in Miami... See more »

Filming Locations:

Thibodaux, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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