One Night in Miami
- By Nancy Bishop
- Photo By Patti Perret/Amazon
On the evening of February 25, 1964, a 22-year-old Olympic boxing Gold Medalist from Louisville, Kentucky, and 7-1 underdog, entered the ring at the Convention Center in Miami to take on Sonny Liston, the heavyweight champion of the world. The challenger and victor of that match was Cassius Marcellus Clay who, the next day, announced to the world that he was a member of the Nation of Islam and would henceforth be known as Muhammad Ali. What happened after that historic fight and before Ali’s controversial pronouncement is the subject of “One Night in Miami,” acclaimed thespian and first-time director Regina King’s powerful film adaptation of Kemp Powers’s 2013 stage play of the same name. Make no mistake. Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke, and Malcolm X, each a titan in his own right, did indeed meet that night in Malcolm’s room at the Hampton House Motel for Colored People. What might have transpired among this quartet of Black super stars is fleshed out in the broader context of what was happening in each of these extraordinary men’s lives at the time. Every element of “ONIM”— the pitch-perfect acting (Kingsley Ben-Adir/Malcolm X; Eli Goree/Ali; Aldis Hodge/Jim Brown; Leslie Odom Jr./Sam Cooke), Powers’s screenplay, Terence Blanchard’s music, King’s hand at the helm — scores a knockout. Amazon Prime January 15 (Regina’s & MLK’s birthday!) Don’t miss it!
Streaming on Amazon Prime January 15th.