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One Night in Miami (2020)

R | | Drama | 8 January 2021 (USA)
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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)
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 37 wins & 142 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 »


Sam Cooke talks about the Valentinos reaching #94 on the charts with "It's All Over Now" and the Rolling Stones' cover of the song hitting #1 in the UK. But both of these happened months after the night where the scene takes place. See more »


Sam Cooke: It's time to take this party to the Fountainbleu, Whoo!
[starts singing]
Sam Cooke: Havin' a party...
Malcolm X: You've obviously forgotten, brother Cassius no longer drinks.
Sam Cooke: And you obviously haven't smelled his breath in the last hour.
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You're Always on My Mind
Written by J.W. Alexander
Performed by Johnnie Morisette
Published by ABKCO Music Inc.
Courtesy of ABKCO Music & Records, Inc.
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One night, February 25, 1964 in a Miami hotel room.
16 January 2021 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

This just became available on Amazon streaming movies. The "one night" reference is Feb 25th, 1964 in Miami, the night Cassius Clay (22), (later known as Muhammad Ali), surprised boxing fans by defeating Sonny Liston who threw in the towel after 6 rounds.

The four prominent friends were Malcolm X, Cassius Clay, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke. You see, I was in college at that time, all of them are were known to me, so seeing this stage play turned into a movie has a very relevant meaning.

Although it is based on a true story of real people, unfortunately there are no tape recordings of their conversations that night, and some facts were changed for dramatic effect, so it isn't possible to determine how "accurate" it is. Nonetheless it is a good depiction of the times and what these black men were facing, and some of the 1960s drive to overcome the rampant discrimination that existed. Of course the issue still isn't behind us, there is still a ways to go.

This is a good movie, especially for those of us who remember those days. I find myself wondering how it comes across to the younger (under 60) age groups.

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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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