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Ali -- A biography of sports legend, Muhammad Ali, from his early days to his days in the ring.
Ali -- A biography of sports legend, Muhammad Ali, from his early days to his days in the ring.

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25 December 2001 (USA) See more »
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Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. See more »
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A biography of sports legend, Muhammad Ali, from his early days to his days in the ring. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 22 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Will Smith ... Cassius Clay / Cassius X / Muhammad Ali

Jamie Foxx ... Drew 'Bundini' Brown

Jon Voight ... Howard Cosell

Mario Van Peebles ... Malcolm X

Ron Silver ... Angelo Dundee

Jeffrey Wright ... Howard Bingham

Mykelti Williamson ... Don King

Jada Pinkett Smith ... Sonji Roi

Nona Gaye ... Belinda Ali

Michael Michele ... Veronica Porche

Joe Morton ... Chauncey Eskridge

Paul Rodriguez ... Dr. Ferdie Pacheco

Bruce McGill ... Bradley

Barry Shabaka Henley ... Jabir Herbert Muhammad

Giancarlo Esposito ... Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr.

Laurence Mason ... Luis Sarria

LeVar Burton ... Martin Luther King, Jr.

Albert Hall ... Elijah Muhammad

David Cubitt ... Robert Lipsyte

Ted Levine ... Joe Smiley

Candy Ann Brown ... Odessa (as Candy Brown Houston)
David Elliott ... Sam Cooke
Shari Watson ... Woman Singer

Malick Bowens ... Joseph Mobutu

Michael Bentt ... Sonny Liston
James Toney ... 'Smokin' Joe Frazier (as James N. Toney)
Alfred Cole ... Ernie Terrell
Charles Shufford ... George Foreman

Rufus Dorsey ... Floyd Paterson
Robert Sale ... Jerry Quarry
Damien 'Bolo' Wills ... Ken Norton

David Haines ... Rudy Clay / Rahaman Ali

Victoria Dillard ... Betty Shabazz

Brad Greenquist ... Marlin Thomas
Morgana Van Peebles ... Malcolm X's Daughter
Maya Van Peebles ... Malcolm X's Daughter

Maestro Harrell ... Young Cassius Clay
William Utay ... The Doctor

Kim Robillard ... Jimmy Cannon

David Purdham ... Madison Square Garden Announcer

Gailard Sartain ... Gordon Davidson

Wade Williams ... Lieutenant Jerome Claridge (as Wade Andrew Williams)
Guy Van Swearingen ... Induction FBI Man
Doug Hale ... Judge Ingraham
LaDonna Tittle ... Bundini's Landlady

Marc Grapey ... Bob Arum
Herb Mitchell ... Boxing Commissioner
Eddie Bo Smith Jr. ... Malcolm's Bodyguard
Bobby Stuart ... Thomas 15X Johnson (as Bob Stuart)
Patrick New ... Room Service Guy
Ron O.J. Parson ... Death Newsman
Ellis Williams ... Family Photo Man (as Ellis E. Williams)

Alexandra Bokyun Chun ... Asian Cosmetologist (as Bokyun Chun)

John G. Connolly ... Assistant Director
Warner Saunders ... Customer
Jack Reiss ... Referee Arthur Mercante
Marty Denkin ... Frazier Fight II Announcer
Tamara Lynch ... Flight Attendant

Chico Benymon ... Hampton House Announcer (as Theron Benymon)
Bill Plaschke ... Miami Weigh-In Reporter
Steve Springer ... Miami Weigh-In Reporter
Patrick M. Connolly ... Announcer
Patrick C. Russell ... Referee
Robert Byrd ... Willie Reddick
Cedric Wills ... Jersey Joe Walcott, Referee
Ronald A. DiNicola ... Prosecutor
Moses Hollins ... Man on Train
Daniel E. Gurevitz ... Boxing Commission Reporter
Steven Randazzo ... Reporter
Ray Bokhour ... Reporter
Leonard Termo ... Madison Square Garden Reporter

Johnny Ortiz ... Madison Square Garden Reporter
Mark Salem ... New York Reporter
Sheldon Fogel ... New York Reporter
Jim Gray ... New York Reporter
Melvin Thomas ... Harlem Neighbor

Natalie Carter ... Harlem Neighbor

Reginald Footman ... Harlem Neighbor (as Reginald Barshem Footman)
Poe Poe ... Harlem Reporter
Mel Dick ... Louisville Sponsoring Group
Kim Coleman ... Lana Shabazz (as Kim Taylor Coleman)

Christian Stolte ... Miami Cop
Vic Manni ... Dressing Room Weigh-In Guy (as Victor Manni)
Will Gill Jr. ... Dick Sadler
Sylvaine Strike ... ORTF Interviewer
Denis Luposo ... Kinshasa Reporter (as Dr. Denis Luposo)
Sharon Wilkinson ... Rose Jennings
Carol Hatchett ... Pointer Sister
Judith Mwale ... Pointer Sister
Keabetswe Motsilanyane ... Pointer Sister
Richard Katanga ... Mobutu Aide / Military Aide
Thomas Kariuki Matheri ... Lieutenant Nsakala
Larry Hazzard Sr. ... Zack Clayton
Derrick Brown ... Larry Holmes
Rommel Hyacinth ... The Pilot
Graham Hopkins ... London Banker

Daniel Janks ... CIA Man
Bradford E. Lang ... Black Pilot

Michael Dorn ... Black Pilot

Dan Robbertse ... Reporter in Zaire (as Daniel Robbertse)
Graham Clarke ... Reporter in Zaire
Dimitri Cassar ... Reporter in Zaire
Frank Notaro ... Reporter in Zaire
Mark Mulder ... Reporter in Zaire
David W. Hess ... Reporter in Zaire (as David Hess)
Henrikennyo Mukenyi ... Bula
Nathaniel Malekane ... Archie Moore
Millard Arnold ... Doc Broadus
Edda Collier ... Blonde French Reporter
Yi Lu Wei ... Chinese Delegate
Lee Cummings ... Hunter Thompson
Zaa Nkweta ... Foreman Fight Announcer
Themba Gasa ... Idi Amin
Andrew P. Jones ... Don King's Aide
Marc Kulazite Mboli ... Additional Aide to Mobutu
Cimanga Kalambay ... Additional Aide to Mobutu
Jean Bikoi ... Additional Aide to Mobutu
James Gilbert ... Sparring Partner in Africa
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matisha Baldwin ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Jon A. Barnes ... Ringside Photographer (uncredited)

Lionel D. Carson ... Dr. King's Driver (uncredited)

Ralph Cole Jr. ... Harlem Resident (uncredited)

Vincent Cook ... Jimmy Ellis (uncredited)
Craig Cove ... Frazier Fight Reporter (uncredited)

Ed Cray ... Radical Professor (uncredited)
James Currie ... Court Room Photographer (uncredited)

Vincent De Paul ... Roving Reporter (uncredited)

Trish Dempsey ... Diplomat's Wife (uncredited)

Donald Dowd ... News Reporter (uncredited)

Edge ... Sports Writer (uncredited)
Freda Nelson Evans ... Woman in Mink (uncredited)
Josh Feinberg ... Extra in Terrell Fight Sequence (uncredited)

Richard Fitzpatrick ... Sparring partner (uncredited)

Deborah Smith Ford ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Edward C. Gillow ... Foreman-Frazier Fight Judge (uncredited)
Ross Haines ... News Cameraman (uncredited)
George Hambach ... Induction Center Doctor (uncredited)
Daniel D. Harris ... Ringside Color Commentator (uncredited)

Johnathan Hodges ... Waiter (uncredited)

Will Holman ... FOI (uncredited)

Brandon T. Jackson ... Club Goer (uncredited)
Carolina Lancaster ... Dancer (uncredited)

Leon ... Brother 'Joe' (uncredited)
Eric Lichtenberg ... Reporter (uncredited)

Valentine Miele ... Liston Fight Reporter (uncredited)

Jermaine Montell ... Dancer (uncredited)
Denise Moss ... Bar Goer (uncredited)

John O. Nelson ... Louis Rodriguez (uncredited)
Tracy Perry ... Usher (uncredited)

Al Quinn ... Boxing Trainer (uncredited)

Javier Rivas ... TV Reporter (uncredited)

Hunter F. Roberts ... Angry Fight Fan (uncredited)

Sheldon Robins ... Heckler (uncredited)
Joseph Luis Rubin ... Blinky Polermo (uncredited)

Robert Standley ... Ringside Photographer (uncredited)
Jack Truman ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ray Uhler ... Ringside Photographer (uncredited)

Larry Vigus ... Times Ringside Photographer (uncredited)
Robert Warnack ... Madison Square Garden Fight Fan (uncredited)
John Wolfshohl ... Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini (uncredited)
Graeme Wood ... Journalist (uncredited)

Jackie Zane ... Fight Fan (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Mann 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Gregory Allen Howard (story)

Stephen J. Rivele (screenplay) &
Christopher Wilkinson (screenplay) and
Eric Roth (screenplay) &
Michael Mann (screenplay)

Produced by
Paul Ardaji .... producer
Howard Bingham .... executive producer
Lee Caplin .... executive producer
Gusmano Cesaretti .... associate producer
A. Kitman Ho .... producer
Graham King .... executive producer
James Lassiter .... producer
Michael Mann .... producer
Jon Peters .... producer
João Ribeiro .... consulting producer
John D. Schofield .... co-producer
Kathleen M. Shea .... associate producer
Michael Waxman .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Pieter Bourke 
Lisa Gerrard 
 
Cinematography by
Emmanuel Lubezki 
 
Film Editing by
William Goldenberg 
Lynzee Klingman 
Stephen E. Rivkin  (as Stephen Rivkin)
Stuart Waks 
 
Casting by
Victoria Thomas 
 
Production Design by
John Myhre 
 
Art Direction by
Jonathan Lee 
Bill Rea 
Tomas Voth 
 
Set Decoration by
Jim Erickson 
 
Costume Design by
Marlene Stewart 
 
Makeup Department
Pierce Austin .... hair stylist: Mr. Smith
Carol Brown .... makeup artist
Mary 'Dugan' Buono .... hair stylist
Greg Cannom .... special makeup effects artist
Mary Cooke .... key hair stylist
Shirley Dolle .... key hair stylist
C. Romania Ford .... makeup artist
Mark Garbarino .... prosthetic makeup artist: Mr. Voight
Keith Hall .... makeup artist
Glen Hanz .... sculptor
Andrea Jackson .... hair stylist
Connie Kallos .... additional hair stylist: Chicago
Erma Kent .... hair stylist
John Kim .... makeup effects technician: Captive Audience Productions
Mary Kim .... makeup effects production supervisor: Captive Audience Productions Inc.
Nick Marra .... sculpture designer: Mr. Voight
Cat'Ania McCoy-Howze .... key makeup artist: Chicago unit
Lydia Milars .... makeup supervisor
Vera Mitchell .... hair department head
Judy Murdock .... makeup artist: Mr. Smith
Christopher Allen Nelson .... special makeup effects artist
Suzi Ostos .... makeup artist
Nadyne Peoples .... additional makeup artist
Michael Peterson .... makeup effects technician
Margaret Prentice .... prosthetic makeup
Beverly Jo Pryor .... makeup department head
Joseph Michael Regina .... key makeup artist
Brian Sipe .... prosthetic effects supervisor
Roddy Stayton .... additional hair stylist
Simone Stubbs .... assistant makeup artist
Froylan Tercero .... makeup effects technician
Alicia M. Tripi .... hair stylist
Laine Trzinski .... hair stylist (as Elaine M. Cascio)
Todd Tucker .... makeup effects technician
Keith VanderLaan .... makeup effects producer: Captive Audience Productions
Kenneth Walker .... hair stylist
Wesley Wofford .... prosthetic effects supervisor
Michael F. Blake .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Anita Brabec .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jay Cannistraci .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Donna Cicatelli-Lewis .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Kim Collea .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Timothy A. Miguel .... makeup artist (uncredited)
James Parr .... special makeup effects technician (uncredited)
Michael Peterson .... lab makeup effects (uncredited)
Justin Raleigh .... key special makeup effects technician: Mr. Voight (uncredited)
Marsha Shearrill .... makeup artist: second unit, Chicago (uncredited)
Brian Sipe .... fight makeup key artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Kevin De La Noy .... unit production manager
Thomas Hayslip .... production supervisor
Billy Higgins .... unit production manager: Chicago
Genevieve Hofmeyr .... production manager: South Africa
Angela Phillips .... assistant production manager: South Africa
Elayne Schneiderman .... production supervisor
Cristen Carr Strubbe .... unit production manager
Michael Tinger .... post-production supervisor
Chris Wheeldon .... unit manager: Ghana
Yvonne Yaconelli .... production supervisor: African unit
Robert Latham Brown .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Angus Buchan .... second assistant director: Mozambique
Geoff Dibben .... second assistant director: Mozambique
Anthony Hemingway .... second second assistant director: New York (as Anthony M. Hemingway)
Julie Herrin .... second assistant director
Jason Hilgart .... assistant director
Takahide Kawakami .... second second assistant director: New York
Genevieve Le Cordeur .... second assistant director: Mozambique
Neil Lewis .... additional second assistant director
Camille Mbongo .... second assistant director: Mozambique
Stephanie Moore .... additional second assistant director
Antonio Pereira .... second assistant director: Mozambique
Luis Sarmento .... second assistant director: Mozambique
Jody Spilkoman .... second second assistant director
Daniel R. Suhart .... additional second assistant director
Susan E. Walter .... dga trainee (as Susan Walter)
Michael Waxman .... first assistant director
Wayne Witherspoon .... second second assistant director
Cy Roscoe Strickland .... additional assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Herbert Adler .... lead set construction (as Herbie Adler)
Gunnar Ahmer .... scenic artist
Marcos Alvarez .... set designer
Greg Aronowitz .... model maker
Mark Auret .... props assistant: Mozambique
Christopher Bass .... art director: Mozambique
Christopher Bass .... art director: South Africa
Jennifer Blatt .... set decorating coordinator
Ben Bocell .... art department production assistant
Garf Brown .... scenic foreman
Richard Brunton .... key set dresser
Timothy Burgard .... storyboard artist
Karen E. Burnett .... set dresser
Brian Cho .... art department coordinator: Chicago
Lynn Christopher .... set designer
Temple Clark .... concept artist
Randall S. Coe .... construction gangboss
Chuck Coffman .... set dresser
Ray Conchado .... set dresser
Max Daly .... art department researcher
Guido DeCurtis .... lead man: New York
Oscar Delgadillo .... set dressing gang boss
Michael Diersing .... construction coordinator
Amina Allean Dieye .... art department researcher
Stephen P. Durante .... leadman
Nicklas Farrantello .... assistant art director: Miami
Michael J. Flynn .... greens foreman
Richard Fojo .... assistant art director: Miami
António Forjaz .... assistant art department head
Veloz Gomez .... set dresser
Darryl Hammer .... set dressing buyer
Scott E. Handt .... construction foreman
Jonathan Hely-Hutchinson .... art director: South Africa
Jonathan Hely-Hutchinson .... set designer: Mozambique
Michael Hyman .... scenic painter
Reggie Jackson II .... assistant set designer
Michael Anthony Jackson .... storyboard artist
Reggie Jackson .... set designer
Vinson Jae .... stand-by painter
Jane B. Johnson .... set decorator: Florida
James V. Kent .... set decorator: New York
David W. Krummel .... assistant art director
Robert Loring Jr. .... greens coordinator
Eric Luling .... on-set dresser
Eduardo Lytton .... property production assistant
Frank McEldowney .... greensperson
Ron Mendell .... 3D artist
Arturo Mendez .... signs painter
Julian Mercado .... painter
Paulo Mondlane .... set designer: Mozambique
Aimee O'Shea .... props assistant
Steve Park .... set dresser
Nya Patrinos .... set dressing buyer
John Patteson .... assistant props: Florida
Clive Pollick .... construction coordinator
Ebow Prah .... art director: Ghana
Bryan A. Rapey .... leadman
Jeremy Alan Read .... set dresser
Shane Reed .... set dresser
Brent Regan .... general foreman
Steve Rice .... greens foreman
Gordon Russell .... construction
Rando Schmook .... assistant art director
Tricia Schneider .... assistant decorator
Nathan Schroeder .... illustrator
David Scott .... graphic artist
Nicholas Scott .... set designer: Florida
Roger Sherman .... scenic artist
Audrey Soodoo-Raphael .... art director: New York
Keith Stalker .... gang boss propmaker
Glenn Stevens .... construction foreman
Charles Stewart .... property master
Nadia Sultanegy .... set designer: Mozambique
Rpin Suwannath .... previsualization consultant
Michael Thurman .... set dresser
Sloane U'Ren .... set designer
Liz van den Berg .... lead scenic
Karen Virgin .... art department buyer
Greg Waddle .... additional buyer
Delarey Wagenar .... set decorator: South Africa
Gary E. Wamhoff .... carpenter
Cary Whittaker .... set dresser
Helen Wilson .... draper
Christine Youngstrom .... art department coordinator
Craig Zumbroegel .... propmaker
Robert Gau .... sign painter (uncredited)
Brian Kelly .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Mike Anderson .... boom operator
Anna Behlmer .... sound re-recording mixer
Ed Callahan .... dialogue editor
Derek Casari .... adr engineer
Samuel C. Crutcher .... foley editor (as Sam Crutcher)
Yann Delpuech .... co-supervising sound editor
Yann Delpuech .... sound design supervision
Christopher Emerson .... assistant sound editor
Cornelia Mariana Gavrilescu .... foley recording assistant
Michael Haight .... dialogue editor
Shaughnessy Hare .... assistant sound editor
Craig Heath .... sound recordist
Craig Henighan .... sound effects editor
Andy King .... sound re-recording mixer: director's cut
Darren King .... co-supervising sound editor
Gregory King .... supervising sound editor
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
Sean Landeros .... sound recordist
James P. Lay .... sound effects editor (as James Lay)
David Lucarelli .... adr recordist
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Andy Nelson .... sound re-recording mixer
Rob Nokes .... post sound technical planning
Lee Orloff .... sound mixer
Thomas A. Payne .... boom operator
Robert Renga .... sound recordist
Brian Risner .... sound effects editor
Karen Spangenberg .... dialogue editor
Denis St. Amand .... re-recording engineer
Meg Taylor .... first assistant sound editor
Scott A. Tinsley .... foley editor (as Scot Tinsley)
Paul Virostek .... sound effects recordist
Don White .... foley recording mixer
Rebecca Wright .... foley recording assistant
Dan Yale .... dialogue editor
Mark Yardas .... dialogue editor
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Garry Fiferman .... sound (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Christina Carothers .... special effects technician
Steve King .... special effects technician (as Steven King)
Mark Nieman .... silicone technician
Art Pimentel .... mold shop supervisor (as Arthur Pimentel)
Alan Poole .... special effects supervisor: Mozambique
Max Poolman .... special effects supervisor: South Africa
Corey Pritchett .... special effects foreman
Peter Skehan .... special effects floor supervisor: Mozambique
Richard Starke .... silicone technician
David H. Watkins .... special effects coordinator
Christopher West .... special effects coordinator: Mozambique
 
Visual Effects by
Matthew Adams .... rotoscope supervisor: Cinesite
Jonathan Alvord .... Avid editor
Jeffrey Edward Baksinski .... motion tracking supervisor: Cinesite
Lynn Basas .... CG supervisor: Cinesite
Wally Chin .... 3D technical assistant
Harmon Cusack .... visual effects camera operator
Joe Dubs .... digital artist: Cinesite
Kevin Elam .... visual effects producer: Cinesite
Kurt Hall .... video & computer graphics technician
Michael Hofacre .... visual effects editor
Dennis Hoffman .... head of production: Cinesite
Arkay Hur .... digital artist: Cinesite
Kent Johnson .... visual effects coordinator (as Kent Richard Johnson)
Bridgitte Krupke .... visual effects coordinator: Cinesite (as Bridgette Nance)
Nathan Lafionatis .... video consultant
Krystine Lankenau .... digital artist: Cinesite
Vincent Lavares .... digital asset manager: Cinesite Hollywood
Don Lee .... digital compositor: CREO
Andrew MacDonald .... compositor
Michael J. McAlister .... visual effects supervisor
Valerie McMahon .... digital artist: Cinesite
Sal Migliore .... high def digitizing
Kama Moiha .... digital compositor: Cinesite
Oliver Moore .... CG character animator: Cinesite
Bill Murphy .... visual effects coordinator
Karen M. Murphy .... visual effects consultant
Serena Rainbow Naramore .... digital compositor: Cinesite (as Serena Naramore)
Leslie Oliver .... visual effects producer: CREO
Chad Owen .... digital artist: Cinesite
James Peterson .... CG effects animator: Cinesite
Corinne Pooler .... paint supervisor: Cinesite
Dante Quintana .... CG modeler: Cinesite
Dante Quintana .... digital artist
Jon Quon .... technical assistant: Cinesite
Liz Radley .... video & computer graphics supervisor
Kino Scialabba .... matte painter
Jerry Sells .... compositing supervisor: Cinesite
Anthony Serenil .... motion tracker: Cinesite
Robert Stadd .... visual effects producer
Deborah Wiltman .... digital compositor: Cinesite
Steve Wright .... stitch cam digital compositor: Cinesite
Travis Baumann .... Inferno artist (uncredited)
Robert Coquia Jr. .... 3D technical assistant (uncredited)
Lindsay Hallett .... visual effects producer: Asylum (uncredited)
Fred Jimenez .... 2D technical assistant (uncredited)
Kevin LaNeave .... video editor (uncredited)
John Nelson .... visual effects supervisor: preproduction (uncredited)
Alex G. Ortoll .... main title sequence compositor (uncredited)
Mark Robben .... Inferno artist: CREO (uncredited)
Antonio Torres .... roto artist: Cinesite (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Roy T. Anderson .... stunt double: Mario Van Peebles
Joel Kramer .... stunt coordinator
Richard Lexsee .... stunts
Kevin Morrow .... stunts
Larry C. Tankson .... stunts (as Larry Tankson)
Vincent Cook .... stunt double: Will smith (uncredited)
Randolph LeRoi .... stunt double: Will Smith (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas M. Allen .... electrician
Eric Anderson .... camera operator: video camera
Alan Barnes .... electrician: South Africa
Gerard Botha .... clapper loader: pick-up shots
Erik L. Brown .... first assistant camera: "a" camera and Steadicam
Glenn Brown .... assistant camera
John Buckley .... gaffer
David A. Canning .... HD consultant
Brian Carmichael .... video assist operator
Benjamin Centoducati .... electrician
Robert Cheung .... lighting technician
Meike Chinnery .... vfx second assistant camera
Ian Cohen .... gaffer: second unit
Keith Collea .... video assist operator
Frank Connor .... still photographer
Jeffrey A. Cook .... assistant chief lighting technician: Africa
Dawn Copeland .... grip
Steve Craft .... assistant camera
Steve Crestol .... rigging electrician
Gary Dahlquist .... rigging gaffer
Jose Danner .... rigging grip
Joshua Davis .... rigging electrician
John Fine .... lighting technician
Robert Fischer .... best boy: south africa
Ronald Gabriel .... grip
Alan Gitlin .... assistant camera
John Grillo .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Jaime Heintz .... rigging grip
Trevor Horn .... on-camera music producer
Gary Jay .... camera operator: "a" camera
Gary Jay .... key camera operator
Jimi Johnson .... video assist operator
Ross Jones .... local key grip
Jamie Klein .... rigging key grip: Florida
Dana Kroeger .... assistant camera
Dana Kroeger .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Julie 'Doc' Lindstrom .... additional rigging grip
Abraham Martinez .... camera loader (as Abe Martinez)
Jim McConkey .... Steadicam operator
Jim McConkey .... camera operator: "b" camera
John McKay .... gaffer: South Africa
David L. Merrill .... key grip
Guy Micheletti .... key grip: South Africa
Chris Mulsoff .... set lighting
Jack Nealy .... electrician
Earl Perque .... best boy rigging grip: Florida
Morten Petersen .... set electrician
Matthew A. Petrosky .... camera intern: Los Angeles
David Presley .... video assist operator
Caulo Rajabo .... electrician
Richard Ralston .... rigging electric: USA
Niles Roth .... camera intern
Robert Snyder .... lighting technician
Brent Studler .... rigging electrician
Troy N. Wade .... dolly grip
Doug Weinmann .... rigging electric best boy
David Williamson .... rigging grip
William D. Wynn .... dolly grip
R. Michael Yope .... assistant chief lighting technician
Harry Zimmerman .... second assistant camera
Kevin Boyd .... additional video assist operator: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Tom Fendley .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael Mann .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Nicole Abellera .... casting assistant
Petrie Alexandra .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Kim Coleman .... casting associate
Shirley Fulton Crumley .... location casting
Vicki Jo Hertz .... extras casting associate: Chicago
Sandy Holt .... adr voice casting
Ellen Jacoby .... extras casting
Jennifer Layton .... casting assistant
Alison E. McBryde .... casting: New York
Joan Philo .... extras casting
Paul Richter .... casting assistant
Christa Schamberger .... casting: South Africa (as Christa Schamberber)
Claire Simon .... casting: Chicago
Franklyn Warren .... extras casting
Thorsten Wedekind .... location casting director - Africa
Summer Wesson .... extras casting: Los Angeles
Rachel Winn .... extras casting assistant
Jillian Jester .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Ka-Mook Nichols .... casting associate (uncredited)
Theresa Phillips .... location casting associate (uncredited)
Grant Wilfley .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Bolger .... costumer
Artemio Carpio .... costumer
John Casey .... costume supervisor
Diana Cilliers .... costume supervisor (as Dianna Cilliers)
Holly Davis .... key costumer
Karan Doherty .... costumer
Jeanne DuPont .... assistant costume designer
Dihantus Engelbrecht .... costumer
Georgia Fletcher .... costumer
Patrick Guzzo .... costumer
Karen Hare .... costumer
Lori Harris .... costumer
Emelle Holmes .... costumer
Heather Holmes .... costumer
Lisa Hyde .... costumer
Jessica Jorde .... wardrobe assistant
Jo Katsaras .... costume supplier
Carolyn Marston .... costumer: Mozambique
Robert Mata .... costumer: Mr. Smith
Sukari McGill .... set costumer
Elizabeth Meredith .... wardrobe assistant
Sybil Mosely .... costumer
Gina Marie Ome .... set costumer
Christine Orth .... key costumer
Ellen Ryba .... assistant costume designer
Carolyn Schnitzer .... costume supervisor: Miami
Dalhia Schuette .... costumer
Leslie Sungail .... costumer
Catherine Wall .... cutter/fitter
Julia Gombert .... textile artist (uncredited)
George Sartiano .... specialty costumes (uncredited)
Thao T. Vu .... costume assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Gordon Antell .... first assistant editor: avid
Lori Ball .... assistant editor
Kenny Becker .... co-color timer
Rayford Berrymon .... assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Bryan H. Carroll .... associate editor
Timothy Colletti .... assistant film editor
Rolando Diaz .... telecine dailies
Alex Hepburn .... assistant editor: avid
Michael Hofacre .... assistant editor
Kristopher Kasper .... editor: main title sequence
Adam Kimmerlin .... editorial production assistant
Robert Komatsu .... assistant editor
Gene A. Lewis Jr. .... editorial production assistant
Edward Malone .... first assistant film editor
Jim Passon .... co-color timer
Brett Reed .... apprentice editor
Mike Sowa .... high-definition color timer
Kristina Trirogoff .... first assistant editor
Marianne Urioste .... assistant editor
Ben Williams .... assistant editor
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
Kim Roseborough .... assistant editor: location (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Tim Boot .... music playback operator
Bill Brown .... composer: additional music
Debbi Datz-Pyle .... music contractor
Steve Durkee .... music mixer
Vicki Hiatt .... music editor
Julie Glaze Houlihan .... music coordinator
Lisa Jaime .... music editor
Kenneth Karman .... supervising music editor
Stephanie Lowry .... music editor
Christine H. Luethje .... coordinating music editor (as Christine Luethje)
Sonnet H. Retman .... music consultant
Sonnet H. Retman .... music researcher
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
James T. Sale .... conductor
James T. Sale .... orchestrator
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer
Steven Scott Smalley .... conductor
Steven Scott Smalley .... orchestrator
Martin Tillman .... composer: additional music
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
Michael Farrow .... additional music mixer (uncredited)
Joseph Magee .... production music mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Michael W. Broomer .... driver: Mr. Smith (as Michael Broomer)
K.C. Colebrooke .... transportation co-captain
Lonnie Craig .... driver
Samuel Danielsen .... transportation
David Glasscoe .... action vehicle assistant
Barry E. Golob .... driver: Mr. Mann (as Barry Golob)
Brian Hathaway .... transportation coordinator
John Lux Jr. .... driver
Chad Moore .... production driver
Robert Nagle .... transportation co-captain
Andrew Orlando .... action vehicle coordinator
Mick Snell .... transportation coordinator: South Africa
John Yarbrough .... transportation cars
Steve Bonner .... picture car coordinator (uncredited)
Michael R. Cairo .... driver: Chicago second unit (uncredited)
George Grenier .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Charles E. Alston .... assistant: Mr. Smith
Laurie Arnow-Epstein .... construction accountant
David M. Atkinson .... first assistant accountant
Jana Babatunde-Bey .... executive assistant: Mr. Smith
Scottie Bairstow .... set production assistant
Lori A. Balton .... location scout
Mitchell Bell .... production coordinator
Marcy J. Berlow .... production assistant
Damon Bingham .... character researcher
Anita Boudreaux .... assistant accountant
Aillene Laure Bubis .... first assistant accountant
Jordan Byrne .... production assistant (as Jordan Albert)
Lydia Cedrone .... production associate
Victoria Cervantes .... production secretary: Miami
Maria K. Chavez .... location manager
Sari Checkartze .... production assistant
Thomas S. Ciciura .... production assistant
Joni Cuquet .... field publicist
Paul Damm .... accounting clerk
Robert Dawson .... title designer
Pieter De Weerdt .... paramedic
Demetra Diamantopoulos .... location manager
Maritza Diaz .... production assistant
Allison Dillard .... assistant location manager
Donald Dowd .... production assistant
Angelo Dundee .... boxing technical advisor
Robb Earnest .... assistant to producer
Dale Edwards .... location scout daily
Josh Eggebeen .... office production assistant: Chicago
Susan Ehrhart .... assistant production coordinator
Morgan Fallon .... assistant: Mr. Mann (as Morgan D. Fallon)
Amanda Farinos .... location assistant
Kathryn Fisher .... assistant: Mr. Lassiter
Anne C. Ford .... production accountant
Darrell Foster .... boxing trainer
Darrell Foster .... key boxing trainer
Ran Francke .... security: Will Smith
James Gadd .... intern
Kenny Gallagher .... key assistant accountant
Lyall Gardiner .... production assistant
Paul Giorgi .... second payroll accountant
Veloz Gomez .... production assistant
Carrie Goodman .... location scout
Damon Michael Gordon .... location scout
Matthew Gordon .... production assistant
Gary J. Gross .... production consultant: Captive Audience Productions
Loretta Gruber .... executive assistant: Mr. Peters (as Loretta Walsh-Gruber)
Chris Gutierrez .... set medic: Los Angeles
Steven Hacker .... production assistant
Julie Hannum .... assistant location manager
Scott Hanson .... production secretary
Rob Harris .... unit publicist
Shireen Hattingh .... production secretary
Todd Havern .... location assistant
Eryka Seimona Henderson .... assistant location manager: New York
Eryka Seimona Henderson .... location scout
James Hinton .... assistant accountant
Marc Hofstatter .... office production assistant
Susan Hollander .... scenario coordinator
Kenneth Hunter .... location scout
Sean Ilnseher .... production assistant
Fiamma Izzo d'Amico .... Italian dubbing director (as Fiamma Izzo)
Reggie Jackson .... production assistant
Zac Jackson .... production assistant
Anne Johns .... production coordinator: Chicago/Ghana
Arik Johnson .... second assistant accountant
Tish Johnson .... location accountant: Mozambique
Timothy S. Kane .... production assistant
Tilu Khalayi .... accounting clerk
Tilu Khalayi .... production assistant: post production
Nancy Lazarus .... location scout
Mark Leslie Woods .... production assistant
Harvey Lowry .... operations manager: Captive Audience Productions Inc.
Todd Lubin .... researcher
Johnny Mack .... assistant: Mr. Foxx
Justin G. Maguire .... production assistant
Rhys Maitland-Jones .... sync rushes
Mark Mamalakis .... location manager
Edward Mazurek .... location scout
Karl McMillan .... assistant to producer
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
Elizabeth Morin .... executive assistant: Mr. Mann (as Elizabeth A. Morin)
Danilo Mussa .... production assistant
Jason Neudecker .... production assistant
Elizabeth J. Nevin .... travel coordinator
Michael Olajide Jr. .... boxing coach
Dale Ottley .... travel coordinator
Carrie Oviatt .... second assistant accountant
Deborah J. Page .... location scout
Snehal Patel .... production assistant
Paul Pawlowski .... additional first assistant accountant
Paul Pawlowski .... post-production accountant
Angela Phillips .... production coordinator
David Anthony Pizzuto .... location scout
Janice Polley .... location manager
Sunni-Ali Powell .... production assistant
James Puffer .... boxing coach (as Dr. James Puffer)
Stan Purdy .... personal security
Jennifer Quesenbery .... assistant location manager: New York
Stefan Rand .... production assistant
Paul Rathburn .... caterer
Fatima Robinson .... choreographer
Simona Romeo .... Italian assistant dubbing director
Maria C. Roxas .... location scout
Alida Rubens .... assistant accountant: Mozambique
Jill Rudison .... production assistant
Thérèsa Ryan .... accommodation coordinator: Africa
Bilaal Salaam .... assistant: Mr. Smith
Chanel Salzer .... assistant location manager
Robin F. Samson .... location scout
Munir A. Shaikh .... technical advisor: islam
Richard Sharkey .... location manager: Africa
Jasan Sherman .... location scout
Darryl A. Smith .... payroll accountant: new york
Pete Smith .... history advisor
Emre Sonmez .... location scout
Pattie Stone .... board operator
Bradley Sweetman .... unit location assistant
James Takata .... production assistant
Andre Tréjo .... high-definition services coordinator
Marshall Tyler .... production assistant
Beetle Van Graan .... assistant location manager
Anna Walton .... office manager
Sandra J. White .... accounting clerk: Chicago
Chris Winn .... key craft service
John David Wolfe .... location scout
Denise Woods .... dialect coach
Joanne Goldstone .... first assistant accountant: Africa (uncredited)
Russ Kavanaugh .... pre-production consultant (uncredited)
Lyndon Lehde .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ron Ridenour .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brian Walters .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Lonnie Ali .... very special thanks (as Muhammad & Lonnie Ali and their families)
Muhammad Ali .... very special thanks (as Muhammad & Lonnie Ali and their families)
Nelson Mandela .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for some language and brief violence
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157 min | USA:165 min (director's cut)
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Both Will Smith and Michael Mann offered to put up their salaries in case the film went over-budget.See more »
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Factual errors: The officer at the induction center wears the belt of an Army officer (black), indicating that he is an Army captain, yet he wears his rank like a Naval or Coast Guard lieutenant (with the bars' center line bisecting the collar angle, and lacking branch insignia on his left collar).See more »
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Muhammad Ali:Man, without me, you'd just be a mouth and a microphone.
Howard Cosell:And without me, you'd just be a mouth.
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References Fight of the Century (1971) (TV)See more »
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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Meet the man behind the gloves and the poetry, 18 July 2005
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

Muhammad Ali is a heroic character with legendary wit, humanity, and boxing skill. Always a fighter and always a lover, Ali's life is a subtle and clever story of dignity, strength, and compassion. And Ali himself wrote that story. This film profoundly reminds me of an autobiography Ali wrote several years ago with the help of a friend. Never afraid to do what needed to be done to get where he wanted to go, Ali was never a stranger to controversy, flambuoyance, acid wit, and an outspoken promotion of truth - even when most of his own fans couldn't see it. This film captures the champ's many battles, not the least of which are the internal battles he wages with himself over politics, his ego, money and his own destructive patterns in relationships with women. But thankfully, it does so in a respectful way which does not compromise the man's heroism, nor does it spare the audience of the laughter, mischief and joy Ali became so well known for.

Michael Mann's film has relatively little boxing in it, and is in no way a chronicle of Ali's career. A better choice for that subject is "The Greatest" - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076111/combined starring Ali himself, or one of the many documentaries on Ali. This film is about how and why Ali is who he is, and how he drove himself and everybody around him to reach phenomenal heights. It features the beginnings of Ali's career and follows him through the most difficult part of his career, when he fought the US government over the Viet Nam war, fought his own religious establishment over his outspokenness, and even fought against hypocritical promoters he relied on who were bent on exploiting the third world. Too intelligent to just be a prize fighter, too passionate to just shut up, and too faithful to give up his religion when it gave up on him, Ali just kept on driving. The film ends after Ali's fight against George Foreman in 1977, so it does not cover his entire career, and does not discuss his more recent activities. His life since retiring from boxing is equally interesting, in my opinion, but since Mann wanted to depict the most dramatic and challenging aspects of the Ali legend, I can't blame him for his choice of time frame.

The cast is very strong. Will Smith gives a fine performance wonderfully recasting Ali's wonderful facial expressions, gestures, physical style and speech pattern, Jamie Foxx, Ron Silver and Mario Van Peebles are all excellent in their supporting roles. And the boxers are all very believable. They even look like the people they play. Smith doesn't really look anything like Ali, and you are occasionally aware (mainly through Smith's imitation of the greatest's very unique speech) that you are watching an imitation, but this does not in any way detract from the film.

Highly recommended for those interested in real-life drama and heroism, the civil rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s, and the intelligent and political side of American sports. NOT recommended for fans of boxing movies and action films. This is a slow moving, intense drama and neither a feel-good film nor a slug-fest.

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