Starring: Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Jon Bernthal, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Tony Goldwyn, Dylan McDermott, Kevin Dunn
Bio-drama directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green. Inspired by a true story, King Richard (2021) centers on Richard Williams (Will Smith), father of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams (Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton). We follow Richard, as he’s driven by a clear vision of the future, executing a plan that moves the girls from the streets of Compton, California, to the global stage as sports icons.
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Richard Williams: What’s going on? Everybody okay?
Brandi Williams: They got a call. Said there was trouble in the house.
Richard Williams: Okay. Okay.
Brandi Williams: Yeah.
Richard Williams: Well, you all need to look around?
Social Worker: It’s a little wet for practice, don’t you think? Don’t the girls have schoolwork to do?
Brandi Williams: They do their homework. Tunde’s first in her class. Lyn and Isha are too.
Richard Williams: Now I don’t even mind you saying we hard on these kids. You know why? Because we are! That’s our job, to keep them off these streets. You want to check on the kids? Let’s check on the kids. We got future doctors, lawyers, plus a couple tennis stars in this house.
Man: [to Richard] The chances of achieving the kind of success that you’re talking about is just very, very unlikely.
Richard Williams: Okay, you’re making a mistake, but I’m going to let you make it.
Richard Williams: I wrote me a seventy-eight page plan for their whole career before they was even born.
Richard Williams: Watch them hit a few balls.
Paul Cohen: Alright. So tell me your names again.
Venus Williams: I’m Venus.
Serena Williams: I’m Serena.
Richard Williams: [to Paul] So what you think?
Rick Macci: These girls are so great, how come I’ve never heard of them?
Tennis Staff: They’re from Compton.
Richard Williams: It’s okay. They’re just not used to seeing good looking peoples like us.
Will Hodges: [referring to Venus] She’s nervous. Take a step up.
Richard Williams: Maybe she ought to take a few more steps up. Just get someplace safe.
Rick Macci: I think you might just have the next Michael Jordan.
Richard Williams: Oh, no, brother man. I gots me the next two.
Richard Williams: Venus Williams, who is your best friend?
Venus Williams: You, daddy.
Richard Williams: Serena Williams, who is your best friend?
Serena Williams: Venus. Then you. Then you after Venus.
Richard Williams: That’s unbelievable.
Richard Williams: This next step you’re about to take, you’re not going just be representing you. You’re going be representing every little Black girl on earth.
Venus Williams: I’m not going to let you down.
Richard Williams: How could you?
Richard Williams: This world ain’t never had no respect for Richard Williams, but they’re going to respect y’all.
Richard Williams: You’re going to walk out there with your head up. You are a champion, and the whole world knows.
Richard Williams: The most dangerous creature on this whole earth is a woman who know how to think.
Venus and Serena Williams: Yes, daddy.
Richard Williams: Ain’t nothing she can’t do.
Richard Williams: You going to show them how dangerous you are?
Venus Williams: Yes!
Richard Williams: Venus and Serena, going to shake up this world.