To Be King Movie Review
by SafiaSattaur
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May 27, 2011 | 20458 views | 16 16 comments | 177 177 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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Steve Rahaman is back with yet another riveting take on the human condition in his latest film To Be King.  Rahaman delivers a script well executed by his actors, which portrays the lengths a father will take to lead an exemplary life for his child, defying all odds and breaking the mold of a man trapped in the “street” life.

This story is much more involving than his previous films as it brings together the values of family loyalty, redemption and determination. Nigel Harvey delivers a heartfelt performance as up and coming boxer Tyrone King. His character faces obstacles both in and out of the ring and is pushed to the limits as he struggles to escape the shadows of his father’s legacy in order to create his own path.

Miriam Morales gives a breakthrough performance in her first full length film capturing the audience as Sharon Stills, the mother of King’s daughter. Not only is she believable but her performance is also flawless, authentic and is worthy of praise.

Kamel Goffin, who plays Wesley King, Tyrone’s younger brother, gives a genuine portrait of a young man struggling to break free of the life of crime he is subjected to. Viewers keep a look out, Goffin’s capacity as an actor is sure to transform him from supporting to leading actor.

Frank Merlino and Tommy Clohessy, who have worked both together and with Rahaman in the past, unite once again to play the roles of King’s trainer and promoter. This film pushes Merlino’s abilities as an actor and gives him a chance to stand in the spotlight. His role as Uncle Frank provides a platform for Merlino to showcase his talents and in doing so, Merlino shines.

Clohessy, who is a natural, steals each of his scenes as the corrupt promoter Jimmy O’Reilly and as expected performed brilliantly.

Clarissa Martinez, the social service worker, played by Rosie Moss and Nya Harvey, who is Harvey’s real life daughter and plays the role of King’s daughter in the movie, adds to the dimension of the film and King’s character as the audience sees a softer, loving side of the boxer. Both Moss and the young Harvey performed with grace and sincerity.

To Be King is more than just a boxing film. It is film about loyalty, love and liberation. Rahaman manages to bring the story to life with the use of powerful, gripping dialog and a plot that is conducive to his works. His growth as a director is evident with each new film and is an indicator of what is to be expected of him as a director in this industry. The story flows well throughout the film and leaves audiences with a sense of triumph and hope. This is definitely one of, if not Rahaman’s best works thus far.

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Safia Sattaur

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Nigel Harvey
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June 14, 2011
I just wanted to say how proud I am of every single actor and crew member, this was a film that was brought to life from the effort and sacrifice of everyone. My partner Steve Rahaman who I am very proud of since the day we became partners in our company Falling Leaves Films has shown his passion in directing as well as editing all throughout the film. From the day I came to him with the story of To Be King which is loosely based on my life, I knew it would turn out to be something special. I'm proud of you Steve. Your brother and partner. Nigel Harvey
Steve Mahabier
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June 07, 2011
I saw the cast and crew movie screening this past weekend (06/04/11) and this movie is great! I did not read the initial script and I worked on bits and pieces of this film with Steve Rahaman. After seeing the final product, I was amazed by the quality of this film especially since it was done on a limited budget. Safia hit the nail on the head when she said "To Be King is more than just a boxing film". If you think this is your typical rags to riches movie, you're in for a surprise. Job well done Mr. Rahaman.
Sam L Jackson
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June 01, 2011
Playing with the big boys now. Congrats Steve, I see big things coming your way. The lord is blessing you, embrace it.

Sam Jackson.
anonymous
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May 31, 2011
Great article, saw the trailer. lets get in touch, we want to see the film. We'd love to speak to your rep or agent.

5555 Melrose Ave Hollywood, CA. 90038.

Phone Number: 323.956.5575
Bobby Love
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May 31, 2011
Can't wait to see this. Loved the trailer.
Vedesh Persaud
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May 29, 2011
Sounds like an interesting movie. I will be sure to check it out.
William Denny
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May 28, 2011
I knew it was going to be hot. The trailer alone was off the hook. Dying to see this.
Vanessa A
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May 28, 2011
Love his work and can't wait to see another. Go Steve.
Lil - Bro
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May 28, 2011
Very good review. Really interesting looking plot line. The cast seems very good too. The review was also very well written. Great job to all contributors, especially to Safia. Thanks for the input on the movie. I am very looking forward to see it now.
Khaty
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May 28, 2011
Great review, seems interesting. Good luck to all you talented people including writer Safia.
Nazreen G
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May 27, 2011
Talent is Talent. You're phenomenal at what you do Steve and that's why its always great. Your dedication and Passion gets to shine through your work.

I can't wait to see the movie!!!!!
Denise Stubbs
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May 27, 2011
Nigel and Steve need their own fan club. Those boys are tempting. I need a ticket. Can't wait.
Henry D, Philly
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May 27, 2011
I stumbled upon the movie trailer for this on youtube and openfilms, I didn't know it was independent. Doesn't look independent at all. So far, only hearing good things. Looking forward to this.
Angela LA REPS
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May 27, 2011
Fantastic review.
Lamar Baucom
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May 27, 2011
I am a #1 supporter of Nigel's work and this movie. Looking foward to seeing it and hopefully I still have my.part in there as an extra.
rich d
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May 27, 2011
Great review! I'm looking forward to seeing this even more now.