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Life of a King (2014)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $4,304Details
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $582,985 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $48,724 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $631,709
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Life of a King is the unlikely true story of Eugene Brown and his one-man mission to give inner-city kids of Washington D.C. something he never had – a future. He discovered a multitude of life lessons through the game of chess during his 18-year incarceration for bank robbery. After his release and reentry into the workforce, Eugene developed and founded the Big Chair Chess Club to get kids off the streets and working towards lives they never believed they were capable of due to circumstances. From his daring introductory chess lessons to group of unruly high school students in detention to the development of the Club and the teens’ first local chess competitions, this movie reveals his difficult, inspirational journey and how he changed the lives of a group of teens with no endgame.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 15,001-15,100) 15,092 $4,304
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 20,601-20,700) 20,611 $4,304
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 7,101-7,200) 7,194 $4,304

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: January 17th, 2014 (Limited) by Alchemy
Video Release: February 11th, 2014 by Alchemy
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, some drug content and brief violent images - all involving teens.
(Rating bulletin 2298, 11/13/2013)
Running Time: 101 minutes
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Keywords: Life on the Outside, Intellectual Pursuits, Inspirational Teacher, Early / Simultaneous Video on Demand release, African-American, Black Urban, Gangs
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Serena Films, Animus Films
Production Countries: United States

Lead Ensemble Members

   Eugene Brown
   Sheila King

Supporting Cast

Richard T. Jones    Perry
Paula Jai Parker    Gina Sanders
Dennis Haysbert    Searcy
Kevin Hendricks    Peanut
Rachel Thomas    Katrina

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Production and Technical Credits

Jake Goldberger    Screenwriter
David Scott    Screenwriter
Dan Wetzel    Screenwriter
Tatiana Kelly    Producer
Jim Young    Producer
Michael Fitzgerald    Production Designer
Julie Garces    Editor
Eric V. Hachikian    Composer
Mark Schwarzbard    Director of Photography

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January 17th, 2014

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