On a historic night in 1964, four friends and celebrities gathered in a Miami motel room. Boxer Cassius Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali, activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cook and soccer player Jim Brown.
At least, in the imagination of playwright Kemp Powers. broke out in 2013 One night in Miami the first show. It is seen behind the public facades of the big names who, against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, each identify “black celebrities” in their own way. With this film adaptation, actress Regina King makes her feature film debut as a director.
Clay (Guri), 22, energetic and happy with himself, just won the world heavyweight title. reason to party. And to proclaim his conversion to Islam, under the supervision of Aljad Malcolm X (Ben Adair).
It is this outspoken activist who largely sets the tone for the evening. Not only because his minibar only has vanilla ice cream, but also because he loves to gauge the level of his friends. For example, what does Cook (Odom), who became rich by singing to a predominantly white audience, do for the Black Cause? And what does superstar athlete Brown (Hodge) plan to look for in Hollywood?
It escalates sharply between the four in a film that has slow moments, but through its excellent protagonists, still nicely fuses major social themes with personal dilemmas. A well-dosed talk show is as historical as it is current.
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