Kings (2017 film)

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Directed byDeniz Gamze Ergüven
Produced by
Written byDeniz Gamze Ergüven
Music byNick Cave
Warren Ellis
CinematographyDavid Chizallet
Edited byMathilde Van de Moortel
Distributed byThe Orchard[1]
Release date
  • 13 September 2017 (2017-09-13) (TIFF)
  • 27 April 2018 (2018-04-27) (US)
Running time
92 minutes
United States
Box office$825,305[2]

Kings is a 2017 English-language romance film written and directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven. The film stars Halle Berry and Daniel Craig.[3][4]

The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2017.[5] The film was screened during three days as part of Stockholm's International Film Festival held in November 2017. The film was screened at the Torino Film Festival in Italy before opening wide by Spring 2018.


Millie Dunbar is a single mother with eight adopted children in South Los Angeles. Her neighbour Obie is the only white man in the neighborhood. Together they form an unlikely team during the Rodney King riots.


  • Halle Berry as Millie Dunbar
  • Daniel Craig as Obie Hardison
  • Lamar Johnson as Jesse Cooper
  • Kaalan Rashad Walker as William MCgee
  • Rachel Hilson as Nicole Patterson
  • Issac Ryan Brown as Shawnte
  • Callan Farris as Ruben
  • Serenity Reign Brown as Peaches
  • Reece Cody as Tiger
  • Aiden Akpan as Jordan
  • Gary Yavuz Perreau as Carter
  • Ce’Onna Johnson as Sherridanne
  • Lorenz Arnell as Damon
  • Lorrie Odom as Angela
  • Lewis T. Powell as Quinn
  • Flor de Maria Chahua as Maria
  • Quartay Denaya as Latasha Harlins
  • Janet Song as Soon Ja Du
  • Richie Stephens as Officer Bilson
  • Rick Ravanello as Officer Camello


Ergüven started working on the film when she graduated from La Fémis film school in 2006.[6][7] It took her three years to write the script as she frequented South Los Angeles for research.[8][9] In 2011, she was invited to the Cinéfondation workshop at the Cannes Film Festival, where she met Alice Winocour. After struggling to find producers and financiers for the project, she went on instead to write with Winocour and direct Mustang, which was released in 2015 and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[9] The success of Mustang finally allowed her to make the film.[8]

Principal photography began on December 27, 2016 in Los Angeles.[10] Filming lasted until mid February 2017.


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 9% based on 32 reviews, and an average rating of 3.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Kings has good intentions, a talented cast, and the basis for an incredible fact-based story; unfortunately, they don't amount to much more than a missed opportunity."[11] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 34 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[12]


  1. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (May 19, 2017). "The Orchard Acquires 'Kings'; Halle Berry-Daniel Craig Drama Set Against Backdrop Of LA Riots – Cannes". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "Kings (2018)". The Numbers. Nash Information Services. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  3. ^ Barnes, Henry (June 29, 2016). "Daniel Craig and Halle Berry to team up on LA riots drama". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Jaafar, Ali (June 28, 2016). "Daniel Craig In Talks To Star In L.A. Riots Pic 'Kings' Opposite Halle Berry". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  5. ^ Staff (July 25, 2017). "The Toronto International Film Festival unveils first slate of films for 2017". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  6. ^ Jaafar, Ali (June 28, 2016). "Daniel Craig In Talks To Star In L.A. Riots Pic 'Kings' Opposite Halle Berry". Deadline. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  7. ^ Hall, Gina (September 18, 2018). "Deniz Gamze Ergüven's L.A. riots drama 'Kings' is a surprising follow-up to her Oscar-nominated 'Mustang'". Film Journal. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Olsen, Mark (September 13, 2017). "Deniz Gamze Erguven explores the tremors of the L.A. riots with 'Kings,' starring Halle Berry". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Felsenthal, Julia (November 13, 2015). "Deniz Gamze Ergüven on Her Stunning New Movie, Mustang". Vogue. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (December 15, 2016). "China's Bliss Media, Maven Pictures to Finance Halle Berry's L.A. Riots Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  11. ^ "Kings (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  12. ^ "Kings Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 9, 2018.

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