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The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013)

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The legal battles of the great American boxer against being conscripted into the US military during the Vietnam War.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eamonn Andrews ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
David Susskind ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Louis Farrakhan ...
Himself (as Rahaman Ali)
Gordon B. Davidson ...
Himself, attorney, Louisville Sponsoring Group
Bill Faversham ...
Himself (archive footage)
W.L. Lyons Brown ...
Himself (archive footage)
Alberta Jones ...
Herself, lawyer (archive footage)
Abdul Rahman ...
Salim Muwakkil ...
Malcolm X ...
Himself (archive footage)
Abdul Bey Muhammad ...
Elijah Muhammad ...
Himself (archive footage)


'The Trials of Muhammad Ali' covers Ali's toughest bout: his battle to overturn a five-year prison sentence for refusing US military service in Vietnam. Prior to becoming the most recognizable face on earth, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent. 'Trials' zeroes in on the most controversial years of Ali's life, when an emerging sports superhero chooses faith and conscience over fame and fortune. Written by Anonymous

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5 May 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Muhammad Ali - en mästares kamp  »

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$1,078 (USA) (13 September 2013)


$57,579 (USA) (22 November 2013)

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A Vindicating Victory lap and Ali Shuffle
15 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Marvelous documentary revealing little known aspects of this iconic American's journey. As a teenager, Ali was backed by a coterie of rich, white Kentucky financiers with a keen eye for picking Kentucky Derby winners and one promising prize fighter. Like the rest of the world, they had no idea that Ali (then known as Cassius Clay, named after an abolitionist) would blossom into a veritable goldmine. Yet Ali remained "unbought" throughout his career, refusing to curb his personal convictions for anyone. Arguably, his unblinking allegiance to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad may have been misplaced, but, as the film shows, it was strains of this dogged allegiance to principle that led the Supreme Court to reverse Ali's draft dodger conviction. The film wastes too much time on self-important talking heads (including a family member and Nation of Islam representatives) who appear to overstate their influence on the now stoic Ali. The film also lingers a bit long with Malcolm X's concurrent struggles with the NOI and not long enough with the troubling period when Ali, broke and title-stripped, embarked upon awkward college lecture and way, way off-Broadway tours. It closes with a tearful tribute from his daughter and brother (who bears a striking resemblance to Ali), and a full-circle romp back to the Olympics, from whence his public persona emerged. This isn't a fight film, it's an exonerative victory lap by "The Greatest" that merits eight heavyweight forks from AfroPixFlix.

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