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Thrilla in Manila (2008)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary | Sport  -  11 November 2008 (UK)
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On October 1, 1975, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali was in the ring with his arch rival Joe Frazier for the third time. This fight in the Philippines, which has been ... See full summary »

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Marvis Frazier ...
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Thomas Hauser ...
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Ronnie Nathanielz ...
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Ferdie Pacheco ...
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Ferdinand Marcos ...
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Imelda Marcos ...
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David Wolf ...
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Butch Lewis ...
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Buster Mathis ...
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Stanley R. Hochman ...
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On October 1, 1975, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali was in the ring with his arch rival Joe Frazier for the third time. This fight in the Philippines, which has been nicknamed "Thrilla in Manila," is considered one of the most dramatic boxing matches in history - in the words of the voice-over, "They hated each other." With the help of archive material and eyewitness accounts (including Imelda Marcos), this documentary not only reconstructs the match, but shows us what was happening behind the scenes as well. Written by International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

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Hatchet Job
4 January 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This HBO documentary is a no holds barred hatchet job on Muhammad Ali, the Nation of Islam, and the Black Nationalist movement. The film's historic narrative is juvenile at best and its portrayal of Joe Frazier is delusional.

The film is not a chronicle of the third and brutal fight between Ali and Frazier but more an embarrassing valentine to Joe Frazier. And then piling it on, Director John Tower includes an out-of-nowhere cameo by a fat and arrogant Larry Holmes who dismisses Ali as an overrated fighter.

"God marks it down," says Frazier of Ali's taunting him over the years... Frazier sees Ali's Parkinson's as divine retribution and likes to think of himself as the Lord's soldier who carried out the retribution: "I'm the guy who closed down the butterfly lips."

A sick thought from a sad man recounted in a piece of revisionist propaganda.


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