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Ali (2001)

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A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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

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25 December 2001 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$107,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,216,625 (USA) (23 December 2001)

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$58,203,105 (USA)
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Stephen J. Rivele's and Christopher Wilkinson's first draft sprawled across 200 pages, taking Ali from childhood up to the present. See more »

Goofs

The movie shows Howard Cosell at ringside doing commentary for Ali's fight with George Foreman known as "The Rumble in the Jungle". Cosell did not do commentary for the fight. In fact, he did not even attend. He was back in the United States when the fight occurred. See more »

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Drew 'Bundini' Brown: I'm the only normal one left around here. I'm a black Jew, I'm half drunk and I cant read.
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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 »

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References Gidget (1965) See more »

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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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This could and should have been much better...
16 September 2007 | by (Monaco) – See all my reviews

Average movie. What was best in this film (and that was really good) was the Sound, The Soundtrack and the Camera. All of these where at least worthy of a nomination, if not more.

On the contrary, the screenplay was totally lacking (I think the Director knew this, hence the very frequent and prolonged musical interludes...) and the dialogs empty, somehow incomplete. In spite of another great performance by Will Smith, the characterization is also sketchy to say the least, we never really get to understand the main characters, their motivations, the reasons for their actions, and therefore can never really identify. All in all, the movie feels superficial, there is no real 'depth' to it. Younger audiences who are not familiar with the actual occurrences 30 years ago will be totally at a loss watching this film. I must say that even I was lost at times (and I actually lived during the period).


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