Thirty-Two year-old Muhammad Ali takes on what was at that time, one of the most powerful boxers in the history of the sport, in one last shot at greatness. Ali employs his "rope-a-dope" ... See full summary »
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 »
He's the greatest fighter of all time. A sports icon that is loved throughout the world. A man driven by his ambition to be the best. Muhammad Ali is a name that to this day puts fear in ... See full summary »
Ali's biggest match, his fight with the US government. A film about the politics and hubris surrounding the Vietnam War and the revenge exacted on America's greatest sportsman of the 20th century because he refused to fight in that war.
Ed Begley Jr.
An indifferently made documentary about a fascinating man.
This documentary features lots of archival footage and interviews with Ali's trainer, fight doctor and many others who have known him. Ali himself is not interviewed--perhaps this has to do with his illness. I do think having him discuss his life would have made this a much more interesting film but can understand that he probably was not available, able or willing to participate and you work with what you have.
While the title of this documentary is "Made in Miami", this is a bit misleading. Although the show does talk a bit about Miami specifically, this was not the focus throughout the film. It really was about Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali from his early years as a professional boxer until he became champion and refused induction into the military--and then the rest of his career was QUICKLY explored. Much of this had absolutely nothing to do with Miami. In fact, I think the film's focus was the major problem. While it was engaging and interesting, the Miami aspect should have been longer and more fully explored OR the title should have been changed and the film should have been a biography that was a minimum of two to three hours in length. That's because it just ZOOMED past the viewer at the end--with too much material at once. Fascinating but quite flawed.
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