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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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Forget What You Think You Know 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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Budget:

$107,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,216,625, 23 December 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$58,203,105

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,510,720
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Trivia

Reunites Enemy of the State (1998) co-stars Will Smith and Jon Voight. See more »

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When the FBI is setting up the wiretaps, the cigarette and ashes jump around in the ashtray between shots. See more »

Quotes

Muhammad Ali: What's my name? What's my name, motherfucker!
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The Columbia Pictures logo rolls backwards. See more »

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Features The Mummy's Ghost (1944) See more »

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A Change Is Gonna Come
Written by Sam Cooke
Performed by Al Green featuring Booker T. & the M.G.s (as Booker T and the MG's)
Courtesy of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Published by Abkco Music, Inc.
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Rather Boring Bio of Muhammad Ali
26 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

Michael Mann is a very hit-and-miss director for me. His movies either blow me out of the water ("The Insider," "Heat"), or they leave me cold ("Miami Vice," "Public Enemies"). Unfortunately, "Ali" belongs to the latter category.

Mann's filmmaking is always very assured, so when his movies miss, I'm never exactly sure why. There's just something boring about "Ali." It tells Muhammad Ali's story, and it does so with what could be mistaken for passion, but it just felt rote and lifeless to me, and far too long.

Will Smith and Jon Voight were honored with Academy Award nominations for playing Ali and Howard Cosell, respectively, but clearly I'm not the only one to be underwhelmed by the film, as it bombed with audiences and couldn't even crack 7.0 here at IMDb.

Grade: B-


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