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Sonny Liston: The Mysterious Life and Death of a Champion (1995)

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The story of the life and career of boxer Sonny Liston, who rose from being a violent street enforcer for an organized crime ring to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

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Sonny Liston ...
Himself (archive footage)
William Nack ...
Himself - writer
Jerry Izenberg ...
Himself
Geraldine Liston ...
Herself
Raymond Munson ...
Himself - friend
Nigel Collins ...
Himself - Ring magazine
Pat Putnam ...
Himself - boxing historian
Bob Burnes ...
Himself - Liston's first manager
Johnny Tocco ...
Himself - Liston's first trainer
William Roemer ...
Himself - former FBI agent
Foneda Cox ...
Himself - Liston's sparring partner
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Himself - former police detective
Hank Kaplan ...
Himself
Ray Schoeninger ...
Himself - Liston's sparring partner
Larry Merchant ...
Himself
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The story of the life and career of boxer Sonny Liston, who rose from being a violent street enforcer for an organized crime ring to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

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22 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm a big boxing fan and a great fan of former world heavyweight boxing champion Charles "Sonny" Liston. However, after viewing this documentary, I felt it left more questions than answers.

I found it strange that none of Sonny Liston's brothers or sisters were interviewed. No mention was made of the career of "Sailor" Liston who was fighting some 10 years before; was it Sonny or as some say his uncle. No mention was made of his step-daughter.

The controversy of Liston's birth-date was slightly addressed, as was his comeback following the Ali defeats. As for his death, it left no clear cut answers.

I enjoyed this film, but it left me scratching my head, hoping for a follow-up.


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