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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.
PG (for thematic elements, language throughout, some violence and smoking)
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Tyson Beckford
as Homer Hobbs
Linara Washington
as Lucy Waters
Glynn E. Turman
as Clarence
Reginald T. Dorsey
as Benny Potter
James Russo
as Ramsey
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
Everett Sifuentes
as Mr. Haymes
Charles Quiett
as Al the Bartender
Tariq Alexander
as Stanley Stutz
Terrence Flack
as Johnson
Tenora Young
as Mrs. Hobbs
David Blackwell
as Pawn Broker
John Hambrick
as Quarry Worker
John J. 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 M. Harden
as Woman in House
Ada 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

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

Full Review… | July 23, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 22, 2010
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 25, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A sweet tale well suited to the holiday season.

Full Review… | June 15, 2010
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 2, 2010
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Kings of the Evening


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.

Matthew Lucas
Matthew Lucas

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With all the movies coming out nowadays that are either all special effects and no story or comedies that offend more than they entertain "Kings of The Evening" is a refreshing piece on cinema that I hope gets a wider audience soon. The film takes place during the great depression and the cast is mostly an all black one but everyone will be able to relate to the story and characters. The film works on so many levels, first off like I stated before the story is one that everyone can relate to. Director and Co-Writer, Andrew P. Jones has taken a story that could of easily turned into a sad and depressing film but instead he created a film that also brings hope to it's characters and the audience as well. The cast was never short of perfect and to point out just one actor would be wrong because this was an ensemble cast and without all of them I doubt the film would be the same. The performances are brilliant by all including, Tyson Beckford, Lynn Whitfield, Reginald T. Dorsey, Linara Washington, Bruce McGill, Glynn Turman, James Russo and Steven Williams. This is one of those films that pulls at the heart strings and it never lets you go till the final frames fade into the credits. The film will be receiving a theatrical run soon thanks to Indican Pictures, I highly suggest you keep your eyes peeled and if possible make sure you get to see it. The story had me at times laughing and at other times sad but it also left me inspired and hopeful and feeling good. This is also a thought-provoking film that leaves you thinking long after it is over. It is not often that you get treated to a gem like this, a truly great film that entertains on the highest level. I have to congratulate all involved in the making of this film on doing such a fantastic job but I must thank them all too. A must-own film when it comes to DVD for anyone that loves cinema. Released by Indican Pictures ***** Out Of ***** -Patrick Ricketts

Patrick Ricketts
Patrick Ricketts

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