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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Eugene
Dennis Haysbert ... Searcy
George Dick George Dick ... Jamal
Alex Hill 3 ... Henry (as Thurston Hill III)
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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chess | See All (1) »

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Think before you move.

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Drama

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jogada de Rei See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,709, 17 January 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,709, 17 January 2014
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Since the Big Chair Chess was established, it has developed partnerships with seven local schools and one juvenile detention center. See more »

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When Eugene and Taheme are being interviewed at the radio station Taheme storms out of the session and throws his headphones on the floor. In the next shot the headphones appear perfectly arranged on the table. See more »

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[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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Written by Nicqueos English (as Niqueos David English), Eric Goldman, Zed Kelley (as Zedrick Eugene Kelley) and'Josh Kessler'
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Inspiring
13 March 2014 | by JayDoubleU84See all my reviews

"Life of a King" is a good movie with a great story, good actors and an excellent Cuba Gooding Jr. as main character. It's all about morals, ethics and the meaning of life and constantly reminds us that we are responsible for our own actions.

Sure we've seen the same kind of movie before. "Dangerous Minds" for example to name just one. However, it does not get old and keeps you entertained the whole time. There was not one single boring moment. The chess "theme" I really liked. For once it's not football! And even as an experienced chess-player myself I can say that everything is totally legit and realistic.

Nothing more to say. Watch it.


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