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Message from the King (2016)

R | | Thriller | 4 August 2017 (USA)
A mysterious outsider from South Africa, named Jacob King, arrives in Los Angeles to avenge his younger sister's death.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jacob King
... Wentworth
... Preston
... Kelly
... Duc
... Zico
... Armand
... Scott
... Vrioni
... Boot
... Merrick
... Rice
... Piotr
... Trish
... Leary


After suddenly losing all contact with his younger sister, Jacob King arrives in Los Angeles determined to track her down. Trying to piece together her last known movements, King finds unsettling evidence of a life gone off the rails - drugs, sex and secrets in the sleazy underbelly of the City of Angels. Undeterred by warnings to go home, King proves to be more than a match for the violence he is confronted with as he relentlessly pursues the truth about what happened to his sister.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal violence, grisly images, strong sexual content/nudity, language throughout and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 August 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King: Uma História de Vingança  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chadwick Boseman stated in an interview that he based his accent he uses for the Marvel character Black Panther from a film he was working on where he played a man from South Africa. It is clear now that this is the film to which he was referring. See more »


Wentworth: Dentists are for men what gynecologists are for women.
Wentworth: Once you have them wide open and your hand is inside them their sense of shame just drops away.
Wentworth: You become trusted with their confidences.
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References The Limey (1999) See more »

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A good and well deserved "message from the king"
4 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

"Message from the king" have to be one of the best payback movies ever made. This movie reminds me a little of "Man on fire" and "Drive". Its a dark thriller and shows LA in a way none else does. The story line is absolutely magnificent and the acting as well. This is a movie that deserves a much better rating and meta score. If you are looking for a good thriller/action movie.....this is absolutely one to watch!!

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