the fight is recreated
Several scenes in Africa are based on Leon Gast's popular documentary. Director Mann said himself that Leon Gast provided outtakes of his film as additional inspiration.
A poster on a bus for Will Smith starring in "Foreman", a parody of this film.
Advertisement seen on bus during protest
The crowd chants "Oscar Bumaye!"
Reference to previous two Will Smith/Martha Stewart films
One of Johnny's favourite monologues
DVD is shown.
Talked about during interview with Will Smith.
shown on list
Ray says, "I'm gonna do the old rope-a-dope, just like Will Smith in Ali".
Honorable mention for the best fighting movie
A poster of it hangs on the wall.
another great story of people of color that was told, despite what Spike Lee says
DVD is shown.
"Will Smith does play an awesome kangaroo."
"Fresh Prince" is mentioned in one verse, referencing Will Smith, who played Ali in his titular biographical film.
the song 'Tomorrow' performed by Sauf Keita used in Ali is also used in this documentary
In the end credits of "Ali" (2001) it says, that footage of Michael Mann's early documentary "17 Days Down the Line" (1972) is used. It's the footage Ali sees on TV after his public speech.
This film is a 'making of' documentary about the featured film.
Clips from this film are featured in "The Great American Culture Quiz" segment.
Clip shown when Ellen pretends to break up with Michael Mann.
Clip shown when Will Smith's Academy Award is mentioned
Clips are shown.
Ordinary heroes presentation.
Footage in the opening theme "Moving Pictures"