Kings of the Evening

Kings of the Evening


After two years in jail, Homer Hobbs returns to his bleak urban home during the depths of the Great Depression.

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After two years in jail, Homer Hobbs (Tyson Beckford), returns to his bleak urban home during the depths of the Great Depression. Sadly he discovers that life on the outside can be crueler than the backbreaking injustice of a chain gang. With no job, no prospects and no hope – Homer finds a kinship with four strangers: Benny (Reginald T. Dorsey), the street hustler eager to begin life anew in the sunshine of Florida; the suicidal Clarence (Glynn Turman), a nobody who aches to be somebody; Gracie (Lynn Whitfield), the despairing owner of a boarding house who lives with a secret; and Lucy (Linara Washington), who harbors a mysterious past that threatens the lives of those she has come to love. Life is grim. But on Sunday nights, in a dingy hall, the men of the neighborhood piece together the finest attire their meager lives can beg, borrow or steal to compete in an unusual fashion contest. 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 Depression and find hope & dignity.


Runtime: 99 min.
Format: 1:78 (HD), 35mm
Sound Dolby: 5.1
MPAA rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Country: USA


Winner – Best Film, Best Director – San Diego Black Film Festival
Winner – Best Period Drama – Houston Worldfest
Winner – Audience Favorite – San Francisco Black Film Festival
Winner – Best Supporting Actor – San Diego Black Film Festival
Winner – Harvey N. Johnson Award – Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival
Honorable Mention – Oscar Micheaux Award – Pan-African Film Festival
Official Selection – Oakland Int’l Film Festival
Official Selection – Atlanta Film Festival
Official Selection – WNY Black Film Festival
Opening Night Film – Arizona Black Film Showcase
Finalist – Best Screenplay – Moondance Int’l Film Festival

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