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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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The Champ is here! See more »

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

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Box Office

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$107,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Shortly after Ali knocks out George Foreman, there is a close-up of Ali with what appears to be a lone white butterfly flying behind him. This is no doubt an allusion to 'Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee'. See more »

Goofs

When Ali is jogging in the very first scene, there's an '87 Taurus in the background, and a '90s vintage car in the carport. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

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 »


Soundtracks

Bolon
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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Poetry! Rewrites the book on filmic storytelling
14 May 2002 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

A certain kind of critical response kept me away from this film when it was in theatrical release, and I should have known better! Michael Mann is one of the most original storytellers working in film today, and his sensibility is absolutely in sync with his subject here. Muhammad Ali always did it his way, and from the brilliant opening sequence (which breaks all kinds of rules of time and space) to the last scene, that's what Mann does, and with great style, as ever. Of course if an audience demands a literal drama, they might not catch the poetry Mann and his team create with sound and picture. Will Smith is outstanding as Ali, vocally and visually, Jon Voight is a unbelievably convincing Howard Cosell, and Mario Van Peebles is subtle and moving as Malcom X.


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