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Facing Ali (2009)

R  |   |  Documentary, Sport  |  16 December 2010 (Singapore)
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Ten of Muhammad Ali's former rivals pay tribute to the three-time world heavyweight champion.

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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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Ron Lyle: I took some shots... I took some shots. Freddy Nunez, the referee, stopped it
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Ron Lyle: . I couldn't believe it, you know? I'm ahead on all scorecards. "Come on, man! This is my moment!". Am I bitter? Forget about it. I never took it personal. If there don't be no Ali, you think you'd be sitting here talking to Ron Lyle? About what?
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A revelation about time, life and grace
4 January 2010 | by (Pantelleria, Italy) – See all my reviews

Not sure I understand why this film does not have a higher rating. It is a riveting look into the spirits and circumstances of some compelling people. The nature of Boxing was elevated to international proportions entirely by the character of Muhamed Ali. At the end you see the shadow of Don King, who ushered in its death. It is a portrait of a moment in time as remembered by the old dragons who lived it. It is a perfect film, describing a rare and luminous moment inside a deeply troubled country and among the black man and white society. There will never be a moment in time to match it, not in our lifetimes. Everything about this film is compelling.


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