Kings of the Evening (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Kings of the Evening (2008)
  • Rate: 5.2/10 total 180 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Filming Location: Bartlett, Texas, USA
  • Gross: $98,682(USA)(29 August 2010)
  • Director: Andrew P. Jones
  • Stars: Tyson Beckford, Lynn Whitfield and Glynn Turman
  • Original Music By: Kevin Toney   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Title In Title

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Andrew P. Jones  writer
  • Robert Page Jones  writer

Known Trivia

  • The contest in the film is based on a South African tradition called the Oswenkas, which the writers first read about in a newspaper article in 2002.
  • The character of Gracie was written with a slight limp, but it was dropped by director Andrew P. Jones and Lynn Whitfield. However, during filming, Ms. Whitfield injured her foot, which resulted in the character having a slight limp in some scenes.
  • Actress Linara Washington (Lucy) and director Andrew P. Jones met during casting in 2007, and married on October 2, 2011.
  • Actor Glynn Turman (Clarence) took the laces out of his shoes which forced him to walk and shuffle a certain way which helped him with his character.
  • The film was shot in the small town of Bartlett, Texas (outside of Austin), which coincidentally turned out to be where producer/actor Reginald T. Dorsey’s grandmother was born.
  • This was the first acting job for Charles Quiett who played Al the Bartender. Quiett, who was also in the transportation department, was a long time friend of producer Dorsey. Director Jones cast him after a brief meeting and audition.
  • The characters of Clarence (Glynn Turman) and Benny (Reginald T. Dorsey) were drawn from people writer Robert Page Jones remembered as a boy growing up during the depression in Macon, Georgia.
  • The sewing factory set was built inside the old (1905) Bartlett school house auditorium. Mr. Cheedle’s (Bruce McGill) office was built on the raised stage so it would be above the sewing room floor. An important detail for director Andrew P. Jones who wanted Mr. Cheedle to look down on the workers.

Plot: Homer Hobbs, home after two years in jail, discovers that life on the outside can be crueler than the back-breaking injustice of the chain gang… See more » |  »

Story: Homer Hobbs, home after two years in jail, discovers that life on the outside can be crueler than the back-breaking injustice of the chain gang. He returns to a bleak urban town caught in the depths of the Great Depression – no jobs, no prospects, no hope – where he is thrown together with four strangers, each struggling to survive as they scratch and scheme to dig their way out of poverty. Life is grim. But on Sunday nights, in a dingy hall in a forlorn neighborhood, the men of the ghetto piece together the finest attire their meager lives can beg, borrow or steal to compete in an underground contest like no other. The big winner will go home with the five dollar prize. The real prize – far less tangible, yet priceless – is the chance to feel like a king, if just for an evening. To men like these, the touch of a woman, the adulation of the crowd, the feel of a fine-looking suit are proof enough that a man might yet escape the debasement of the ghetto…Written by Robert Page Jones  

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Produced By:

  • Reginald T. Dorsey known as producer
  • Andrew P. Jones known as producer
  • Robert Page Jones known as executive producer
  • Christine White known as line producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Tyson Beckford known as Homer Hobbs
  • Lynn Whitfield known as Gracie
  • Glynn Turman known as Clarence Brown
  • Linara Washington known as Lucy Waters
  • Reginald T. Dorsey known as Benny Potter
  • James Russo known as Ramsey
  • Bruce McGill known as Wilfred Cheedle
  • Steven Williams known as Mr. Gamba
  • Clyde Jones known as Reginald Crump
  • Lou Myers known as Counter Man
  • Willard E. Pugh known as Henry Nicholson
  • Tariq Alexander known as Stanley Kluntz
  • Paul Archer known as Peddler
  • David Blackwell known as Pawnbroker
  • Tony Bottorff known as Hiring foreman
  • Tish Brandt known as Sadie Bloom
  • Jana Camp known as Genya
  • JenelleRae Cardenas known as Lady in Bar
  • Terrence Flack known as Anthony Johnson
  • Pablo D. Flores known as Town Folk
  • John Hambrick known as Quarry Worker
  • Tommy G. Kendrick known as Manager
  • Tron Kendrick known as Prisoner #3
  • Katina Latrell known as Town Folk
  • Lauren Lee known as Rich Street Shopper / Skipping Girl
  • Ryan Lee known as Beggar
  • Connie Maynord known as Towns Lady
  • Justin Meeks known as Franklin Cheedle (as Justin Malloy)
  • Toby Metcalf known as Yard foreman
  • Deanna Moraga known as Restaurant Patron
  • Garry Peters known as Detective McCallum
  • Wil Pollard known as Fight Watcher
  • Charles Quiett known as Al the Bartender
  • Ryan Rutledge known as Prisoner #2
  • Charles Seafous known as Prisoner #1
  • LaRita Shelby known as Nurse
  • Everett Sifuentes known as Mr. Haynes
  • Henry J. Smith 3rd known as Model
  • Tiffany Leigh Smith known as Pretty Black Girl
  • Timothy Starks known as Wilson
  • Gary Teague known as Townfolk
  • LaTeace Towns-Cuellar known as Snazzy Lady (as LaTeace Towns)
  • Keith Washington known as Fletcher Henderson
  • Gayland Williams known as Mrs. Cheedle
  • Tennille Williams known as Lady in Bar (as Tennille Villagomez)
  • Elle LaMont known as Seamstress (uncredited)
  • Earl Nottingham known as Quarry Worker (uncredited)
  • Tori Ramert known as Townfolk (uncredited)
  • Patricia A. Robinson known as Fight Patron (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Shunika Terry known as hair stylist
  • Caya Williams known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • David Michael Ableman known as scenic artist
  • Laurel Brock known as art department assistant
  • Chris Clayton known as set dresser
  • Chris Clayton known as set dresser
  • Doug Field known as props
  • Jillian Paul known as art department assistant
  • Victoria Ramirez known as on-set dresser


Production Companies:

  • Picture Palace Films

Other Companies:

  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dollies
  • Film Financial Services  producers' representatives
  • IndieClear  script clearance
  • MS-Pro/  post-production (music services)
  • Panavision  camera equipment provided by


  • Indican Pictures (2009-) (worldwide) (all media)

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Special Effects:

  • Wolf Stuntworks

Release Date:

  • USA 31 January 2008 (San Diego Black Film Festival)
  • USA 18 February 2008 (Pan African Film Festival)
  • USA 11 June 2010 (limited)

MPAA: Rated PG for thematic elements, language throughout, some violence and smoking


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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