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Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee (1969)

Muhammad Ali, the Greatest (original title)
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 »

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William Klein

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Muhammad Ali ... Himself
Sonny Liston ... Himself
Angelo Dundee ... Himself
Jack Nilon Jack Nilon ... Himself
Chris Dundee Chris Dundee ... Himself
Finlay Campbell Finlay Campbell ... Himself
James X James X ... Himself
Malcolm X ... Himself (archive footage)
Jersey Joe Walcott Jersey Joe Walcott ... Himself
Jimmy Braddock Jimmy Braddock ... Himself (as James J. Braddock)
Floyd Patterson Floyd Patterson ... Himself
Norman Mailer ... Himself - In Crowd
Stepin Fetchit ... Himself
Sam X Sam X ... Himself
George Foreman ... Himself
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Storyline

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 the strongest of men. Hear from the people who knew him best, from experts of the world of boxing, relive the legendary fights and explore the life of boxing's greatest symbol, Ali. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

9 April 1974 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$488, 2 May 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,073, 10 August 2003
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Delpire Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Includes rare footage of The Beatles cavorting in a training-camp gym with publicity-savvy young Muhammad Ali (then called Cassius Clay) in 1964. See more »

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greatest tribute to Ali the Great
13 May 2003 | by jean-noSee all my reviews

I didn't want to write about this documentary, but reading the only other commentary that says it is not a 100% satisfying movie, I'd like to say my word. Yes, there is no fighting. Well quite : a few is shown as still photography : William Klein is one of the greatest photo-reporters of the 20th century, I guess he didn't use his "motion picture camera" during the fights, I guess the reasons are, then, professional : Klein's still pictures made his living, I'm not sure that his films did. Anyways : no fight ? Sure. This was not the point anyways. William Klein was fascinating by the rise of the black-american consciensiousness during the 60s and the 70s. He followed Elridge Cleaver (Black Panthers), Little Richard, and of Course Cassius Clay/Mohamed Ali. This is not quick documentary, Klein takes time to get things. Just picture the southern white "owners" of Cassius Clay explaining the boxer is nothing without their support, and one telling : "my mother's family name was Clay, maybe Cassius Clay's grandparents were owned by mine"... This is great cinema, and when Clay becomes Mohammed Ali and turns his back to his managers, no one is surprised, this is the story of a lot of black americans. It is rare to watch a documentary that really has something to tell. This one does. Don't miss it.


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