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Don King: Only in America (1997)

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A cinematic portrait of the famous fight promoter and boxing manager.

Director:

John Herzfeld

Writers:

Jack Newfield (book), Kario Salem (teleplay)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ving Rhames ... Don King
Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Lloyd Price
Jeremy Piven ... Hank Schwartz
Darius McCrary ... Muhammad Ali
Keith David ... Herbert Muhammad
Gabriel Casseus ... Jeremiah Shabazz
Loretta Devine ... Connie Harper
Brent Jennings ... Dick Sadler
Lahmard J. Tate ... Carl King
Danny Johnson ... Larry Holmes
Bernie Mac ... Bundini Brown
Donzaleigh Abernathy ... Henrietta King
Lou Rawls ... Harold Logan
Teddy Atlas Teddy Atlas ... Richie Giachetti
Jarrod Bunch ... George Foreman
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Storyline

Don King is involved in two fistfights that result in the deaths of his combatants, and, after serving prison time, enters the world of professional boxing. Chatty, with a memorable head of hair, King becomes the promoter for Muhammad Ali and other champions, and he stages lucrative boxing spectacles in the Philippines, Zaire, Atlantic City, Reno and Las Vegas. Despite King's success, he's beset by critics who say he cons his fighters out of their ring earnings. Written by Jwelch5742

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Plot Keywords:

promoter | manager | boxing | boxer | 1980s | See All (29) »

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He took on the FBI, IRS, judges, juries and the mob. Fight after fight, he was always left standing.

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, some violence and nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don King: Seulement en Amérique See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When accepting the Golden Globe for "Best Actor In A Miniseries or Made For TV Movie" a tearful Ving Rhames called fellow nominee Jack Lemmon onstage and praised him for being such an inspiration. He then shocked the audience, as well as Lemmon, by giving him the award. See more »

Quotes

Don King: It's entertainment, baby! You love my black ass! 'Cause I'm exciting!
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Crazy Credits

The credits end with Don King proclaiming "It's me, baby!". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #2.11 (2015) See more »

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Carmen Fantasy
Written by Pablo de Sarasate
Performed by Bruce Dukov & Anthony Marinelli
Produced by Anthony Marinelli
Arranged by Anthony Marinelli
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Ving Rhames is the champ, Don King nothing but chump.
30 April 1999 | by Doctor_BombaySee all my reviews

Don King is a self-promoter the likes that few have seen in our lifetime. This film takes a novel approach to telling the King story, blowing KING up into as big a buffoon as possible, and using King himself (actor Ving Rhames) in telling the tale. I give director John Herzfeld credit-it's a novel and appropriate approach to the biography of a man who truly is more caricature than real.

Rhames gives an inspired and convincing performance as King, breathing much life into a film from a book that was for all practical purposes stillborn.

Enjoy the movie for Rhames and pay little attention to the details.


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