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When We Were Kings (1996)

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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:

Leon Gast
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Muhammad Ali ... Self
George Foreman ... Self
Don King ... Self
James Brown ... Self
B.B. King ... Self
Mobutu Sese Seko ... Self (President of Zaire)
Spike Lee ... Self
Norman Mailer ... Self - Writer
George Plimpton ... Self - Writer
Thomas Hauser ... Self
Malick Bowens ... Self - Artist (as Malik Bowens)
Lloyd Price Lloyd Price ... Self - Concert Promoter
The Spinners ... Themselves
Miriam Makeba ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Drew Bundini Brown Drew Bundini Brown ... Self - Ali's Ass't Trainer (as Drew 'Bundini' Brown)
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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>

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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 »

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Trivia

Amongst the guest stars featured, was soul singer James Brown. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Muhammad Ali: Yeah, I'm from Africa. Yeah, Africa's my home. Damn America and what America thinks. Yeah, I live in America; but, Africa's the home of the black man. And I was a slave 400 years ago and I'm going back home to fight among my brothers. Yeah!
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Connections

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Young Rabbits
Written by Wayne Henderson
EMI U Catalog Inc. (ASCAP)
Performed by The Crusaders
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Superb documentary, excellent movie.
13 December 2001 | by a_trotskyiteSee all my reviews

I watched this movie last night on CBC, my third viewing. It keeps getting better. As fascinating a story as one would ever hope to see in any movie. In case anyone does not know why Muhammed Ali was widely named as the athlete of the century by many in 1999. This film will explain.

Ironically, the long delay in finishing and releasing this film may have improved the finished product. The increased perspective of more than a decade may have sharpened the editing choices. Not a method I would recommend as it is rather hard on the artist, but we benefit in this case.

It is important to recognize that whatever this film started out as, it became a study of Ali. And what a subject for study. What an athlete, what a man.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

14 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,479, 27 October 1996

Gross USA:

$2,789,985

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,789,985
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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