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Starring: Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Jon Bernthal, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Tony Goldwyn, Dylan McDermott, Kevin Dunn
OUR RATING: ★★★½
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.
Our Favorite Quotes:'The most strongest, the most powerful, the most dangerous creature on this whole Earth is a woman who knows how to think. Ain't nothing she can't do.' - Richard Williams (King Richard) Click To Tweet
Richard Williams: Where I grew up, Louisiana, Cedar Grove, tennis was not a game peoples played. We was too busy running from the Klan. But here it is. When I’m interested in a thing, I learn it. How it works, how the best peoples in the world do it. And that’s what I did with tennis, with the girls.
Richard Williams: I wrote me a seventy-eight page plan for their whole career before they was even born.
Richard Williams: Okay, you making a mistake, but I’m going to let you make it.
Tennis Coach: If I had a dollar for every crazy parent that told me their kid would make it to number one, I’d be a rich man.
Richard Williams: You look pretty rich to me.
Richard Williams: They work as hard as they need to to stay off these streets. I’m in the champion raising business.
Richard Williams: And you don’t need to be worrying about what other folks is doing anyway. You need to worry about what you doing. We out here getting great, that’s what we need to be worrying about.
Old Patron: King Richard, don’t get much rest ever, do you?
Richard Williams: Don’t nothing come to a sleeper but a dream.
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. That is unbelievable.
Richard Williams: This world ain’t never had no respect for Richard Williams. But they going to respect y’all. They going to respect y’all.
Oracene ‘Brandy’ Williams: Okay, we just got to stick to the plan. We got champions in the other room. Richard, we have done a great job with them. They are great. But they’re not going to Wimbledon like this. Not with hitting with you and me on those raggedy courts. They need better surfaces that… They need better everything.
Richard Williams: Venus and Serena going to shake up this world. And they’re going to need to because they not going to make it as singers.
Richard Williams: We’re going to shake up this world.
Richard Williams: Got to have a plan for every day, else what?
Girls: You fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Richard Williams: That’s right. And we’re not failing, are we?
Girls: No, daddy.
Richard Williams: Okay, all the way to the top.
'Remember who you are. Remember where you came from. Stand tall, and be proud in that.' - Oracene 'Brandy' Williams (King Richard) Click To Tweet
Richard Williams: You know, one day not too long from now, somebody going to hand you girls a check for one million dollars. And you going to buy as many beds as you want.
Venus Williams: In one check? Really?
Richard Williams: Maybe even a couple of them. But we’re not going to be like this forever, okay?
Richard Williams: When the girls was younger, I had bought me this camcorder. So I film myself in the mirror asking questions, things, and the such. Then when they got older, I start doing it with them. I called it their “media training”.
Vic Braden: [to Richard] This deal you’re asking for, you know, all of this for free, Richard? Nobody’s taking that bet. Tennis is a technical game, you know, probably one of the most. And if you didn’t grow up with the game, then it’s like playing the violin. You know, it takes hours and hours a day. You know, year after year of expensive expert instruction, just to hold the thing right.
Vic Braden: [to Richard] Even for families with unlimited financial resources, the chances of achieving the kind of mastery and success that you’re talking about, I mean, for one kid, let alone two, it’s like asking somebody to believe that you got the next two Mozarts living in your house, you know? It’s just very, very unlikely. I’m sorry, that’s just my two cents. Maybe you can prove me wrong.
Richard Williams: [praying with the girls] We thank you for this opportunity as a family to come together. And we ask you to please, please don’t let nobody get fat from eating all this food.
Richard Williams: You going to have any one of these houses you want. Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills, any of these old hills. Because you got a plan, and you going to stick to it.
Richard Williams: When I was a little boy, my mom used to say, “Son, the most strongest, the most powerful, the most dangerous creature on this whole Earth is a woman who knows how to think. Ain’t nothing she can’t do.”
Richard Williams: Who’s that?
Venus Williams: John McEnroe?
Richard Williams: That’s right. Who that?
Serena Williams: That’s Pete Sampras.
Richard Williams: One day, they going to be bragging about the time they met the two of you.
Paul Cohen: Let me ask you both something. What do you want out of this? I know what your dad wants. But what about you?
Venus Williams: Well, I want to win Wimbledon as many times as anyone’s ever won it.
Paul Cohen: You think you can do that?
Venus Williams: I know I can.
Paul Cohen: What about you? Who on the tour do you want to play like?
Serena Williams: Well, I’d like other people to want to play like me.
Paul Cohen: I bet they will.
'If you don't have no respect for yourself right now, you will never have none. At all.' - Richard Williams (King Richard) Click To Tweet
Richard Williams: You got to stay prepare for whatever’s unpredictable.
Richard Williams: It’s okay. They’re just not used to seeing good looking peoples like us.
Oracene ‘Brandy’ Williams: You don’t worry about them. Let them worry about you, Venus.
Richard Williams: You are Venus Williams. You going to win Wimbledon. These girls ain’t never going to want to see your name in their draw. Okay?
Venus Williams: Okay, daddy.
Richard Williams: You just go on out there and you have fun.
Venus Williams: I know. I got this.
Oracene ‘Brandy’ Williams: [as Venus is about to start her match] She knows who she is. We’ve done our job.
Richard Williams: [referring to Cinderella] The point is she was humble. No matter how them peoples treated her, no matter how disrespected, she stayed calm, she kept her heart clean. She was humble. Now we going to go out here, and we going to play these matches, and we going to compete. But we going to stay humble, else we not going to do it.