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

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$107,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

Will smith actually turned down the role of Ali. However Ali gave a call to Will Smith and asked him to take the role, because he was the only one as good looking as him that could play the role. See more »

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When Cassius Clay is introduced to Nation of Islam founder, Elijah Mohammed, to be given the new name - Mohammed Ali - the Revox tape recorder on the table disappears between shots. See more »

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Sonji: Are you a virgin?
Muhammad Ali: What do you mean "Am I a virgin"?
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In the opening credits, as the main title fades away the A of Ali lasts a little longer than the other two letters. See more »

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Written and Performed by Salif Keita
Courtesy of Universal-Island Records Ltd.
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Excellent Adaptation of Ali's fights
26 December 2001 | by (texas) – See all my reviews

The fights are not rocky-type or "entertaining" but REAL. Inside the boxing ring, things are different. I was glad to see close to perfect adaptation of Ali's fights (I watched documentary on Ali's career). Michael Mann gets credit for painting all the different aspects of Ali's life superbly. Well, 'Ali' is based on a real legend and not a super-hero and so it is hell of a job to portray such a personality on big screen and make it so entertaining to watch.

The only downside of the movie was to focus a little longer on effect of Africa on him. But the "Loud mouth" CHAMPs witty and "punchy" remarks in his real life along, with his big blows inside the ring, will keep you glued for more.

Overall, Will Smith's hard-work, Mann's adaptation and Mohammad Ali's legendary life makes 'Ali' a must watch for movie goers.


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