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Regina King’s critically acclaimed film One Night In Miami will open in select theaters on Christmas Day before premiering exclusively on Amazon Prime Video around the globe on Jan. 15, 2021, the streamer announced Friday.
Regina King makes her feature directing debut with Amazon’s adaptation of Kemp Power’s stage hit inspired by the 1964 encounter of four giants of sports, music and activism with conflicting perspectives on the Black struggle. The movie is set on the night in 1964 when 22-year-old Cassius Clay took the world heavyweight title.
While crowds of people swarm Miami Beach to celebrate the match, Clay is unable to stay on the island because of Jim Crow-era segregation laws. Instead, he spends the night at the Hampton House Motel and Villas in one of Miami’s historically black neighborhoods celebrating with three of his closest friends: activist Malcolm X, popular musician singer Sam Cooke and star NFL player Jim Brown. The next morning, the four men emerge determined to define a new world for themselves and their people.
One Night in Miami stars Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr.
“To complete and release a film within the same year is a difficult task. We welcomed the challenge because we knew now was the time for this film to be released. Amazon fully supported our intention, and I could not be more excited this prescient story will be seen across the globe,” King said in a statement.
Amazon is mounting an aggressive awards campaign for the One Night in Miami, which premiered at the 2020 Venice and Toronto film festivals. Producers are Jess Wu Calder and Keith Calder of Snoot Entertainment and Jody Klein of ABKCO. King and Powers executive produced alongside Chris Harding and Paul O. Davis.
“Both entertaining and illuminating, the Amazon production draws a tacit line between a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights movement and America’s current racial reckoning,” The Hollywood Reporter‘s David Rooney wrote in his review.
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