Facing Ali (2009)

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Ten of Muhammad Ali's former rivals pay tribute to the three-time world heavyweight champion.



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Credited cast:
Henry Cooper ...
Himself (as Sir Henry Cooper)
Larry Holmes ...
Ron Lyle ...
Earnie Shavers ...
Ernie Terrell ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself (archive footage)
Ringo Bonavena ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Bonavena)
Mike DeJohn ...
Himself (archive footage)
Jimmy Ellis ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Ellis)
Himself - World Heavyweight Champion, 1937-49 (archive footage)


The life and career of Muhammad Ali (1942- ) as seen chronologically in archival footage: Ali as a fighter, a personality, a political lightening rod, and a man. Boxers who fought him describe what led up to major fights and the matches themselves; they also offer personal revelations about their own lives: George Chuvalo's family losses, George Foreman's conversion, Ken Norton's gratitude, Ron Lyle's teaching, Earnie Shaver's encounter with the Klan, and Joe Frazier's good humor pack their own punch. The fighters talk about Ali's quickness, cunning, and recuperative powers - and how fighting him changed their lives. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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16 December 2010 (Singapore)  »

Also Known As:

Facing Ali: Encontros e Desencontros  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)

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Joe Frazier: I just think his
Joe Frazier: purpose was to, probably, get me scared. To get me nervous, you know? But I'd go in the jungle and fight a lion with a toothpick.
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Waste of Time
12 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I was 10 years old (in 2000) I first heard of Ali through a Nickelodeon broadcast. I was so proud of what I had learned, and what I had seen that I went to school and I asked the smartest boy in class "do you know who Muhammad Ali is?" He either said no, or gave an unenthusiastic nod of the head yes. I was shocked that no one in the class seemed to know or care about him as much as I did.

The show I had watched was "Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: A Lifestory of Mohammed Ali: Mohammad Ali".

For YEARS after that I loved Muhammed Ali, just based on that show alone. I would talk highly about him on occasion, and even rented books on him. I held him in high regard with the likes of Bruce lee, and all the other heroes at the time.

Well long story short: I loved him up until I saw this film. This film was so crappy, and such a waste of time that I actually lost respect for Muhammed Ali as if it was his fault that such a crappy film was made.

What makes it so crappy? Well 1) Nothing new is covered. Everything I learned in that Nickelodeon program that I watched at ten years old is still here, and I would say that program was still better. 2) Not enough details are given. I didn't learn how he trained, how long he trained, what he ate, or even how he thought of felt before a fight. I didn't learn his inner thoughts or inner-workings. I didn't gain any insight or wisdom from him 3) there are too many replays and re-hashes of old footage, no full fights or anything enlightening.

Bottom line: It's not fun. It's a collection of sad sob stories with occasional praising of Ali thrown in. I would recommend "Nick News: A Lifestory of Mohammed Ali" over this because in that 30 minute I learned everything I needed to know about about Muhamed Ali, and in this hour plus program I learned nothing new.

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