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When We Were Kings (1996)

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A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.

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Mobutu Sese Seko ...
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Himself - Ali's Ass't Trainer (as Drew 'Bundini' Brown)
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It's 1974, Muhammed Ali is 32 and thought by many to be past his prime. George Forman is ten years younger and the Heavyweight champion of the world. Promoter Don King wants to make a name for himself and offers both fighters five million dollars apiece to fight one another, and when they accept, King has only to come up with the money. He finds a backer in Mobutu Sese Suko, the dictator of Zaire and the "Rumble in the Jungle" is set. A musical festival, featuring the America's top black performers, like James Brown and B.B. King, is also planned. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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The untold story of the Rumble in the Jungle


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Rated PG for images of violence, brief nudity and some language | See all certifications »
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14 February 1997 (USA)  »

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Amikor királyok voltunk - Muhammad Ali  »

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$2,666,118 (USA) (6 June 1997)
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Though almost all of the footage in this documentary was shot by producer/director Leon Gast in 1974, one reason it took 23 years to complete was because the negative and rights to the film were entangled in civil suits involving the Liberians who financed the movie's making. See more »

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[Responding to Howard Cosell]
Muhammad Ali: I'm gonna let everybody know that that thing you got on your head is a phony, and it comes from the tail of a pony!
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In a Cold Sweat
Written by James Brown and Pee Wee Ellis (as Alfred James Ellis)
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Admin. By Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI)
Performed by James Brown
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Ali, Boma Ye!!
12 August 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

This is the Oscar winning documentary about the legendary boxing bout between Muhammad Ali, the challenger and George Foreman, who was the reigning world heavy weight boxing champion of the time.

The match became popular as "Rumble in the Jungle". it was held at Kinshasa, Zaire. Both the fighters were blacks. However, Ali was revered as a demi-God because he had spoken about the atrocities which the African Americans were facing in the US and had refused to go and fight in Vietnam. He was considered a true representative of the blacks.

George Foreman, as the documentary says, was "blacker than Ali". But still he was taken as the white devil incarnate.

The match was promoted by Don King. the President of Zaire decided to give the financial rewards to the fighters as he planned to use the bout to promote his country and his despotic rule.

the build up to the fight and then the fight itself have been captured perfectly. there are glimpses about Ali's interaction with the citizens of Zaire who constantly urge him to "Ali, Boma Ye" which means "Ali, Kill Him".

The movie is very gripping and shows the human face of the Gods of the Gloves. Two thumbs up.


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