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One Night in Miami

The movie depicts the fictionalized gathering of Cassius Clay, Malcolm X, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke, who spar over what each is doing to advance civil rights.

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If you could be a fly on the wall for a private conversation between four historic figures, who would you choose—and what do you imagine they would talk about? Amazon Studios' One Night in Miami offers a surprisingly riveting answer to that hypothetical.

On February 25, 1964, Cassius Clay (Eli Goree) is crowned heavyweight champion of the world. Afterward, he gathers with Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge), and Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) for what is supposed to be a celebration but quickly becomes a meeting of minds, bearing of hearts, and airing of grievances.

Virtually all of the drama comes from the fictionalized dialog between these black icons of the 1960s, who spar over what each is doing to advance civil rights. Cooke defends his decision to pursue financial success over activism. But in the end, it's clear he is moved by his friends' willingness to make sacrifices for the sake of causes they believe in.

Viewers leave feeling we've gotten a richer, more intimate portrait of all four men. What more could a fly ask for?

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  4. Viewers leave feeling we’ve gotten a richer, more intimate portrait of all four men. What more could a fly ask for?

    Maybe not getting sprayed by the D-Con Four Gone, promoted later by Muhammad Ali Cassius Clay.

  5. an intimate portrait of fictional conversation.

    1. What more could a fly ask for?

      Picking flecks of shit off an intimate Andy Thomas “portrait”? Sounds right up a fly’s alley.

  6. This sounds terrible.

  7. Saw it a month ago or so, barely remember it. Really thin movie based on a thin play. It checks a lot of woke boxes, to a facile degree. I liked Odom’s performance, but overall this was a dud for me. There’s just a layer of artifice – 2020 wokeism anachronized into a story about ’60s figures – that came off as very phony. If this meeting of these four people actually took place, it would never, ever, have gone down like this. Very frustrating. If I could go back a month I’d skip this and just listen to Sam Cooke songs for two hours instead.

  8. Deleted scene:

    “Well, I’m going to change my name from that of a guy who freed all the slaves he inherited and then fought to liberate the rest of the slaves in America, both politically and physically. Instead, I’m gonna adopt the name of a European who seized power in Egypt and then invaded sub-Saharan Africa for the express purpose of enslaving black people.”

    “You know, Cassius, man, you might have been hit in the head a few too many times.”

  9. What pretentious, pandering bullcrap.

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  11. What is the point of posting a blurb about a film that debuted on Netlfix at least 4 months ago?

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