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Life of a King (2013)

PG-13 | | Drama | 22 June 2013 (USA)
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Ex-felon, Eugene Brown, establishes a Chess Club for inner city teenagers in Washington, D.C.

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Jake Goldberger
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Eugene
Dennis Haysbert ... Searcy
George Dick George Dick ... Jamal
Thurston Hill III ... Henry
J.D. Walsh ... Fritz
Rachae Thomas ... Katrina
Derrick L. McMillon ... Billy West (as Derrick McMillon)
LisaGay Hamilton ... Sheila King
Richard T. Jones ... Perry
Meakil Bell Meakil Bell ... Darius
Lyn Alicia Henderson ... Ms. Gadbaw
Carlton Byrd Carlton Byrd ... Clifton
Kevin Hendricks Kevin Hendricks ... Peanut
Malcolm M. Mays ... Tahime
Hammerton Killick ... Derek
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Ex-felon, Eugene Brown, establishes a Chess Club for inner city teenagers in Washington, D.C.

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Think before you move.

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some drug content and brief violent images - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Real life Eugene Brown has cameo at registration desk in final tournament sequence. See more »

Goofs

After Tee wins his first tournament in a library, The moderator declares that he has been disqualified because the parent signature was obviously forged by a child. It is impossible to tell the signature of a 16 year old or older teen from a 45 year old parent let alone one who was possibly illiterate and clearly drug addicted as Tee's mother was. While the Moderator could have made his claim, it is unlikely that 20 seconds would not be put forth by someone challenging the faulty logic. In fact, this immediately caused questions by 50% of viewers in one random screening. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Searcy: [knocking over the king] Wanna play again? Chance to get those cigarettes back.
Eugene: I'm scared, man. I don't got too many friends on the outside. Not any more.
Searcy: Just keep your eye on the end game. Everything'll fall into place.
Eugene: I'm gonna miss you chess man.
Searcy: Listen to me, Eugene. Every day you out there, you out there for me, and every other brother in here. 'Cuz I'm never gonna be out there again.
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Beautiful Day
Written by Bernard Harrison
Performed by Bernard Harrison (as Spider Harrison)
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relatively good for the genre
29 August 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Eugene Brown (Cuba Gooding Jr.) just got out of prison. His daughter Katrina doesn't want to deal with him and he's desperate to prove his worth to her. He gets a job as a janitor at an inner city D.C. school. The kids chase out the teacher monitoring detention and Sheila King (LisaGay Hamilton) puts Eugene in charge for a minute. He does such a great job that she puts him in charge permanently. He starts teaching them to play chess. The effort is opposed by drug lord Perry.

It's yet another 'teach inner city kids something different'. It takes a few different turns than the usual genre movie. The hurdles are a little different. Cuba is relatively good. The young kids are all great. Jake Goldberger's directing is not terribly inventive. It's more of a solid TV movie that is slightly better than the average movie in the genre.


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Release Date:

22 June 2013 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,231, 19 January 2014

Gross USA:

$6,547

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,161
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