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Kings of the Evening (2010)

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This independently produced drama from director Andrew P. Jones travels back to the Great Depression of the 1930s. It tells the sad saga of Homer Hobbs (Tyson Beckford), a young African-American man who wraps up a two-year jail sentence and returns home to his dead-end small town with a complete lack of prospects. Instinctively, Homer develops a rapport and begins to stick together with four other people roughly in the same boat as he is: Clarence (Glynn Turman), a zero who longs to be someone significant; Gracie (Lynn Whitfield), a down-and-out boarding-house owner who harbors a shocking secret; Benny (Reginald T. Dorsey), a street hustler who plans to relocate to sunny Florida and start afresh; and Lucy (Linara Washington), a woman whose scandalous past threatens to destroy the lives of those around her.

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Cast

Tyson Beckford
as Homer Hobbs
Linara Washington
as Lucy Waters
Reginald T. Dorsey
as Benny Potter
Bruce McGill
as Wilfred Cheedle
Steven Williams
as Mr. Gamba
Lou Myers
as Counterman
Clyde Jones
as Reginald Crump
Willard E. Pugh
as Henry Nicholson
Wilard E. Pugh
as Henry Nicholson
Justin Malloy
as Franklin Cheedle
Toby Metcalf
as Yard Foreman
Gayland Williams
as Mrs. Cheedle
Jana Camp
as Genya
Tish Brandt
as Mrs. Sadie Bloom
Charles Quiett
as Al the Bartender
Tariq Alexander
as Stanley Stutz
Tenora Young
as Mrs. Hobbs
David Blackwell
as Pawn Broker
John J. Hambrick
as Quarry Worker
John Hambrick
as Quarry Worker
Lavelle White
as Piano Player
Dale Goebel
as Prison Guard
Sharles Seafous
as Prisoner #1
Ryan Rutledge
as Prisoner #2
Tron Kendrick
as Prisoner #3
Ada Harden
as Woman in House
Ada M. Harden
as Woman in House
Cara Briggs
as Woman Spectator
Cynthia Wood
as Female Peddler
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Critic Reviews for Kings of the Evening

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6)

Kings of the Evening is a warm, beguiling picture boasting an array of splendid portrayals

July 23, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It moves briskly but leaves room for the stellar supporting cast to turn stock figures into appealingly shaded characters.

July 22, 2010 | Full Review…

Well-meaning, well made and all but allergic to subtlety.

July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

An intrusive musical score and periodic fades to black, as for commercials, make this feel as if it were made for TV, but otherwise it's exceptional, from script and performances to production design.

June 25, 2010 | Full Review…

A sweet tale well suited to the holiday season.

June 15, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The film benefits from an impressive cast. Given enough time, word of mouth could build a good-sized audience for this absorbing drama.

July 2, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kings of the Evening

½

Simplistic period film about a man just being released after two years on a chain gang during the Great Depression, who heads home to try to start over again, only to find the town struggling through hard economic times. While staying at a rundown boarding house, he makes new friends, who try to make life better through weekly competitions at a local dance hall. Cloying, but not without its charms. It's effortless likable, but ultimately direct to DVD fare.

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