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Ali (2001)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  25 December 2001 (USA)
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A biography of sports legend, Muhammad Ali, from his early days to his days in the ring.



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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cassius Clay / Cassius X / Muhammad Ali


In 1964, a brash new pro boxer, fresh from his olympic gold medal victory, explodes on to the scene, Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self confidence with his unapologetic belief that he is the greatest boxer of all time. To his credit, he sets out to prove that with his highly agile and forceful style soon making him a formidable boxer who soon claims the heavyweight championship. His personal life is no less noteworthy with his allegiance to the Nation of Islam, his friendship with the controversial Malcolm X and his abandonment of his slave name in favour of Muhammad Ali stirring up controversy. Yet, at the top of his game, both Ali's personal and professional lives face the ultimate test with the military draft rules are changed, making him eligible for military induction during the Vietnam War. Despite the fact that he could easily agree to a sweetheart deal that would have meant an easy tour of ... Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@rogers.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Али  »

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Box Office


$107,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,216,625 (USA) (21 December 2001)


$646,787 (Germany) (16 August 2002)

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2.35 : 1
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Around 25:30 into the movie, Cassius Clay celebrates his victory over Sonny Liston by leaning over the ropes at the side of the ring, arms raised and yelling at the crowd. He has his mouth guard in and clearly visible from the side of his head. The film quickly cuts to a straight on shot, the mouth guard has disappeared and we see his teeth, his arms still raised above his head. See more »


[Ali lifts up Howard Cosell's toupee on national television]
Howard Cosell: [to the camera] We'll be right back.
Muhammad Ali: You want some food for that thing?
Howard Cosell: How could you do something like that to a man you revere?
Muhammad Ali: Cos it's funny.
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Features The Mummy's Ghost (1944) See more »


Written and Performed by Salif Keita
Courtesy of Universal-Island Records Ltd.
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
Published by Delabel Editions
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Good title, but the movie lacked the punch
18 December 2001 | by (Westwood, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Ali", a movie about Muhammed Ali, regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time had all the potential for being a great movie. Ali has always been bigger than life...loved by the people...loved by the media for his blatant arrogance...loved by many women...his life alone would have supplied any movie with enough material to make it a 'good' movie at the very least. The problem with "Ali" is that the story jumped from one portion of his life to another, the transition wasn't smooth...it was more erratic than anything else. Will Smith's portrayal of the "living legend" was good, but definitely not "Oscar" material, like some critics would suggest. There were a few times where he seemed uneasy, almost nervous, and there were scenes where the other "supporting" characters would take over the scene (Don King for example). Jon Voight's portrayal of the venerable Howard Cossell was surprisingly good and right on the money. Other cast members like Jamie Foxx who played Drew 'Brundini' Brown (one of Ali's trainers) was equally impressive, he surely made the most of his supporting role and displayed his versatility since he's always been cast in a comedy. The movie overall lacked cohesiveness, I did like Michael Mann's camera work...the constant movement of the camera in most scenes depicted the turmoil, confusion..and it mirrored the political upheaval of the 60's. It would have been nice if the movie started with his gold medal win in the 1960 Olympic games...which would have set the tone for the whole movie. And for all the 'Rocky' fans out there, the boxing scenes were a little played out...it almost looked boring....since most of us are used to the 'Rocky' style of movie boxing. Overall, Smith played Ali well...but his lack of versatility and the erratic transition of the story was the movie's downfall.

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