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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

[about Mike Tyson biting off Evander Holyfield's ear]
Don King: Y'all probably blame me for that. If it were Bob Aram, you'd say, 'There was nothing he could do.' But you blame me, black devil motherfucker. Let me tell you something: Tyson will be heavyweight champ again. And this time, you'll pay twice as much to see it. Why? Because y'all part of the same hypocrisy.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1998) 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 SHOULD HAVE WON AN OSCAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
18 March 2004 | by mteditingSee all my reviews

I gave this movie 10 stars (I wish I could have given it more). I have NEVER EVER EVER in my life seen an actor portray a character more accurately and precisely than Ving Rhames portrays Don King. In fact, the first few times that I watched the movie, I thought he actually WAS Don King. I only wish this movie had been released in theaters; I guarantee you, Ving Rhames would have won an Oscar as Best Actor. He has Don King's mannerisms, voice inflection, quirks and idiosyncrasies down to a T (and I mean a CAPITAL T). Believe me when I tell you that Ving Rhames lives, breathes, and eats the essence of Don King. I have never EVER EVER seen an actor portray a character so effectively. Again, I gave it 10 stars, but wish I could have given it 25 stars for Ving Rhames performance.


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