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King of the World (2000)

The early career of boxer Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, as he prepares for a title fight against Sonny Liston, while struggling to come to terms with his private and public personas.

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John Sacret Young

Writers:

David Remnick (book), John Sacret Young (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Terrence Howard ... Cassius Clay
Steve Harris ... Sonny Liston
Chi McBride ... Drew 'Bundini' Brown
Vyto Ruginis
Gary Dourdan ... Malcolm X
Carmen Argenziano
John Ventimiglia ... Angelo Dundee
Jason Winer ... Robert Lypsite
Joe Alaskey ... Jackie Gleason
Brandon Smith ... Bill Barnstable
Rodger Boyce ... Bill McDonald
Phyllis Cicero Phyllis Cicero ... Mrs. Geraldine Liston
Jerry Haynes ... Jimmy Cannon
Steve Shearer ... Jack Nilon / Kilon
Vince Davis Vince Davis ... Izzy Sharnik
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The early career of boxer Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, as he prepares for a title fight against Sonny Liston, while struggling to come to terms with his private and public personas.

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Float like a butterfly. Sting like a bee... Become a legend.

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Muhammad Ali: King of the World See more »

Filming Locations:

Galveston, Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Great movie covering the early years of Ali's boxing career
3 April 2000 | by H-TownSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. I initially thought it was going to cover Ali's entire life, and I was a little disappointed when I discovered that this was not the case. However, in retrospect, it's evident that a two-part series could not have done his entire life justice. King of the World provided the audience with an insight into the formative years of Ali's boxing career that the average person has probably not been privileged to. We actually see a transformation of a shy young man with a slight stuttering problem into a bold young man with an exceptional ability to handle the media and the audacity to call himself "The Greatest", and rightfully so.


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