8.0/10
13,338
57 user 67 critic

When We Were Kings (1996)

Trailer
1:43 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.

Director:

Won 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

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 »

Stars: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Marv Albert
Facing Ali (2009)
Documentary | Biography | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

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

Director: Pete McCormack
Stars: George Chuvalo, Henry Cooper, George Foreman
Thrilla in Manila (TV Movie 2008)
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A filmed recounting of the final championship boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in 1975.

Director: John Dower
Stars: Joe Frazier, Marvis Frazier, Thomas Hauser
Documentary | Biography | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

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 »

Director: William Klein
Stars: Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston, Angelo Dundee
I Am Ali (2014)
Documentary | Biography | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Unprecedented access to Muhammad Ali's personal archive of "audio journals" as well as interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends are used to tell the legend's life story.

Director: Clare Lewins
Stars: Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Ali Jnr, Hana Ali
The Greatest (1977)
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Muhammad Ali stars as himself in this dramatized version of his life story up to the late 1970s. It includes his Olympic triumphs as Cassius Clay, his conversion to Islam, his refusal of ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Gries
Stars: Muhammad Ali, Ernest Borgnine, John Marley
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
...
Himself
Mobutu Sese Seko ...
Himself (President of Zaire)
...
Himself
...
Himself - Writer
...
Himself - Writer
Thomas Hauser ...
Himself
...
Himself - Artist (as Malik Bowens)
Lloyd Price ...
Himself - Concert Promoter
...
Themselves
...
Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Drew Bundini Brown ...
Himself - Ali's Ass't Trainer (as Drew 'Bundini' Brown)
Edit

Storyline

It's 1974, Muhammad Ali is 32 and thought by many to be past his prime. George Foreman is ten years younger and the Heavyweight champion of the world. Promoter Don King wants to make a name for himself and offers both fighters five million dollars apiece to fight one another, and when they accept, King has only to come up with the money. He finds a backer in Mobutu Sese Seko, the dictator of Zaire and the "Rumble in the Jungle" is set. A musical festival, featuring the America's top black performers, like James Brown and B.B. King, is also planned. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The untold story of the Rumble in the Jungle

Genres:

Documentary | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for images of violence, brief nudity and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amikor királyok voltunk - Muhammad Ali  »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,666,118, 8 June 1997
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Almost all of the footage was shot in 1974. The film took 23 years to complete because the negatives and rights were caught up in civil suits involving the Liberians who financed it. See more »

Quotes

Muhammad Ali: I'm young, I'm handsome, I'm fast, I'm pretty and can't possibly be beat.
See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Coming Home
Written by Thom Bell and Linda Creed
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
Performed by The Spinners
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Last Hero
2 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is not a film without flaws. At certain points, I cringe at some of the implications, at the juxtaposition of images and thoughts. If this film were on a different topic, I would probably dislike it.

That withstanding, it is a film about something so rare and exquisite, so moving, so profound: a hero. Muhammad Ali is the only man I can think of in the 20th Century deserving of this title. Just to look at him is to feel awe. His beauty, his conviction, his strength, his piety, all bound together in a contradictory but exquisite whole. Ali is a Whittman poem of flesh and blood.

Shortcomings of this film aside, I can watch it again and again, and cry every time. And feel both shame and strength, and perhaps some hope, when confronted with Ali. If I ever have children, they will watch this film, if only because I can find nothing else that I can say stands for what I believe in.


27 of 44 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 57 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial