Release Date: 12/25/20; In Theaters, Limited; 1/15/21; Amazon Prime (Original Release – 9/7/20; Venice Film Festival)
Director: Regina King
Studio(s): ABKCO Films, Snoot Entertainment, Amazon Studios
Running Time: 110 mins.
Cast: Kingsley Ben-Adir as Malcolm X; Eli Goree as Muhammad Ali; Aldis Hodge as Jim Brown; Leslie Odom Jr. as Sam Cooke; Lance Reddick as Brother Kareem; Nicolette Robinson as Barbara Cooke; Michael Imperioli as Angelo Dundee; Beau Bridges as Mr. Carlton; Marisa Miller; Joaquina Kalukango as Betty Shabaz; Jerome A. Wilson as Elijah Muhammad; Amondre D. Jackson as L.C. Cooke; Aaron D. Alexander as Sonny Liston; Christian Magby as Jamaal; Lawrence Gilliard Jr. as Drew Bundini Brown; Jeremy Pope as Jackie Wilson; Christopher Gorham as Johnny Carson.
Story: Set on the night of February 25, 1964, the story follows a young Cassius Clay (before he became Muhammad Ali) (played by Eli Goree) as he emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center as the new World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Against all odds, he defeated Sonny Liston and shocked the sports world. While crowds of people swarm Miami Beach to celebrate the match, Clay – unable to stay on the island because of Jim Crow-era segregation laws – instead spends the night at the Hampton House Motel in one of Miami’s historically black neighborhoods celebrating with three of his closest friends: activist Malcolm X (played by Kingsley Ben-Adir), singer Sam Cooke (played by Leslie Odom Jr.) and football star Jim Brown (played by Aldis Hodge). The next morning, the four men emerge determined to define a new world for themselves and their people. Source: IMDB.