Roger Guenveur Smith performs his one man show focusing on the life and times of Rodney King.

Director:

1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When the Chinese Communist Party backtracks on its promise of autonomy to Hong Kong, teenager Joshua Wong decides to save his city. Rallying thousands of kids to skip school and occupy the ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Piscatella
Stars: Joshua 'Chi-Fung' Wong
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey remains the world's most sensational child murder case. Over 15 months, responses, reflections and performances were... See full summary »

Director: Kitty Green
Stars: Hannah Cagwin, Aeona Cruz, Liv Bagley
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A documentary exploring the life and career of notorious Republican dirty trickster and longtime Trump advisor, Roger Stone, who helped create the real-estate mogul's political career.

Directors: Dylan Bank, Daniel DiMauro, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Roger Stone, Donald J. Trump, Paul Manafort
Bamboozled (2000)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A frustrated African-American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Damon Wayans, Savion Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith
Clockers (1995)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Young drug pushers in the projects of Brooklyn live hard dangerous lives, trapped between their drug bosses and the detectives out to stop them.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Delroy Lindo
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam makes questionable decisions in his professional and romantic lives.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Wesley Snipes
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The trial between Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media pitted privacy rights against freedom of the press, and raised important questions about how big money can silence media. This film is an ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Knappenberger
Stars: Nick Denton, Hulk Hogan, Donald J. Trump
Comedy | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Dr. Hess Green becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient African artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. He however is not a vampire. Soon after his transformation he ... See full summary »

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Stephen Tyrone Williams, Zaraah Abrahams, Rami Malek
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A middle-class boy from Atlanta finds his worldview changed as he spends the summer with his deeply religious grandfather in the housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Jules Brown, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Toni Lysaith
Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive (TV Special 2017)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In his first special since the near fatal car accident, Tracy Morgan jokes about life in a coma, his second marriage and the dark side of the family.

Director: Ryan Polito
Stars: Tracy Morgan
Strong Island (2017)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Examining the violent death of the filmmaker's brother and the judicial system that allowed his killer to go free, this documentary interrogates murderous fear and racialized perception, ... See full summary »

Director: Yance Ford
Stars: Barbara Dunmore, William Ford, Yance Ford
Maria Bamford: Old Baby (TV Special 2017)
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Maria Bamford performs a rapid-fire, playful stand-up set for crowds at park benches, bowling alleys and LA theaters in this roving comedy special.

Director: Jessica Yu
Stars: Maria Bamford, Rhea Butcher, Melinda Hill
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Edit

Storyline

Roger Guenveur Smith performs his one man show focusing on the life and times of Rodney King.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 April 2017 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An Incredibly Powerful Performance from Smith
1 May 2017 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Rodney King (2017)

*** (out of 4)

Roger Guenveur Smith's one-man show is the focus of this Netflix special, which was directed by Spike Lee.

The power of this film and everything good about it certainly comes from Smith. I'm not going to sit here and say that I'm a fan of his or that I even knew too much about the man. As the film started I was caught a bit off guard as this was a stand-up routine, a very theatrical one but as the film moved along it became a lot better.

Basically Smith is recounting the life and death of Rodney King and everything surrounding him. Obviously the beating he took and the start of the L.A. Riots are discussed but we get Smith reciting not only King's words but also the words of people around him. It could be a rap artist doing a song about him or it could be a media person saying something. Smith talks throughout the running time and it's rather amazing to see him be able to remember all of these lines and deliver them with such power.

Those expecting a straight documentary are going to be disappointed because that's not what this is. I'm not going to say I enjoy everything about this special because I didn't but at the same time Smith deserves an A+ for his performance and effort. I really thought he did a magnificent job with delivering the lines and managing to make you think about what he was saying even though he was delivering the lines extremely fast and on point.

RODNEY KING is a rather interesting and creative look at the life of a troubled man who found himself in many situations that he just didn't intend to be in.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page