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Life of a King (2013)

PG-13 | | Drama | 22 June 2013 (USA)
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Ex-felon, Eugene Brown, establishes a Chess Club for inner city teenagers in Washington, D.C.

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Jake Goldberger
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Eugene
Dennis Haysbert ... Searcy
George Dick George Dick ... Jamal
Thurston Hill III ... Henry
J.D. Walsh ... Fritz
Rachae Thomas ... Katrina
Derrick L. McMillon ... Billy West (as Derrick McMillon)
LisaGay Hamilton ... Sheila King
Richard T. Jones ... Perry
Meakil Bell Meakil Bell ... Darius
Lyn Alicia Henderson ... Ms. Gadbaw
Carlton Byrd ... Clifton
Kevin Hendricks Kevin Hendricks ... Peanut
Malcolm M. Mays ... Tahime
Hammerton Killick ... Derek
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Ex-felon, Eugene Brown, establishes a Chess Club for inner city teenagers in Washington, D.C.

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chess | See All (1) »

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Think before you move.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some drug content and brief violent images - all involving teens | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jogada de Rei See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,231, 19 January 2014

Gross USA:

$6,547

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,161
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Trivia

Real life Eugene Brown has cameo at registration desk in final tournament sequence. See more »

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When Eugene and Taheme are being interviewed at the radio station Taheme storms out of the session and throws his headphones on the floor. In the next shot the headphones appear perfectly arranged on the table. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Searcy: [knocking over the king] Wanna play again? Chance to get those cigarettes back.
Eugene: I'm scared, man. I don't got too many friends on the outside. Not any more.
Searcy: Just keep your eye on the end game. Everything'll fall into place.
Eugene: I'm gonna miss you chess man.
Searcy: Listen to me, Eugene. Every day you out there, you out there for me, and every other brother in here. 'Cuz I'm never gonna be out there again.
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Beautiful Day
Written by Bernard Harrison
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Excellent
20 January 2014 | by maxairaSee all my reviews

There are not many "feel good" movies out there today, but this one really counts among those that fill this category. Cuba Gooding has long been one of my favourite actors. He possesses a wide range of acting abilities as evidenced by "Snow Dogs" on one hand with his somewhat bland comedic style to "Gifted Hands" wherein he brings to the screen a dramatic style that is uniquely his own. It is this latter gift that he portrays in this feature as he moves from an ex-con to a giver that gives back to the community and its young confused residents, a new hope that most had never known. He portrays the real life story of Eugene Brown, a man who'd known nothing but crime for most of his life, but once he was through serving many years for armed robbery, he dedicated his life to helping other young men to see that there was more to life than crime. It's a good story made better by the fact that it was based on real life.


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