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Phantom Punch (2008)

The fascinating life story of Sonny Liston, the controversial heavyweight boxing champion of the world.

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Sonny Liston
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Geraldine Liston
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Ceasar Novak
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Farah
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Savino
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Father Alios
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Bobby Zazo
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The story of World heavyweight champion boxer Charles L. "Sonny" Liston, who was knocked down 2 minutes into a championship fight by a seemingly harmless right hook from Muhammad Ali. It would forever be known as the "Phantom Punch". Liston later died under mysterious circumstances. Written by Anonymous

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"Before Tyson, there was Liston".

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated R for pervasive language, sexual content and some violence involving a sexual assault | See all certifications »
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Originally, the theme song to the film was titled 'No Love in the Game' and was produced, wrote and performed by Cleveland rapper turned director Boogieman (Kenny Latimer). See more »

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Something Up Your Sleeve
Written by Joe Lervold and Sandy Sherman
Performed by The Joel Evans Quartet featuring Patrick Maier
Courtesy of Mar-Tune Music
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Throw in the Towel
30 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

Oh how the Mighty have Fallen. Not Sonny Liston but Director Robert Townsend. The Once Promising Director who Helmed this Biopic of Heavyweight Champion Liston is Either Out of His Depth or couldn't Pull this Off and it seems like there wasn't much Effort and the Whole Thing Looks Cheap, Undeveloped, and Haphazard.

The Low-Budget is No Excuse. Much can be Made for Very Little with some Creativity and Depth of Concern. The Movie is so Muddled and Amateurish at Times that it is Knocked Down In the Opening and Never gets up. The Highlights and Lowlights of the Life of Sonny Liston are Never Explored with Compelling Cinema. It is Flat and Uninteresting and Considering the Enigmatic Liston's Private Life and His Powerful Presence in the Ring it is Mysteriously Boring.

The Phantom Punch that Cassius Clay (Ali) Threw in Their Second Fight, one of the most Controversial Knockouts in Boxing History and Ironically the Title of the Film is Hardly Examined, Explored, or for that Matter it is Glossed Over for some Unknown Reason. The Ending of Liston's Life is also Mysterious and the Mystery here is that, again it is so Rushed that it seems a Featherweight is at the Controls.

The Film isn't Awful, it is just a Mess. Considering the Material Available it is the Greatest of Concern as to why this Thing Turned Out so Ineffective. it should have been a No Brainer and it turns out to be a Non-Contender.


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