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Ali (2001)

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A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Cassius Clay / Cassius X / Muhammad Ali
... Drew 'Bundini' Brown
... Howard Cosell
... Malcolm X
... Angelo Dundee
... Howard Bingham
... Don King
... Sonji Roi
... Belinda Ali
... Veronica Porche
... Chauncey Eskridge
... Dr. Ferdie Pacheco
... Bradley
... Jabir Herbert Muhammad
... Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr.
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Storyline

In 1964, a brash new pro boxer, fresh from his Olympic gold medal victory, explodes on to the scene, Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self confidence with his unapologetic belief that he is the greatest boxer of all time. To his credit, he sets out to prove that with his highly agile and forceful style soon making him a formidable boxer who soon claims the heavyweight championship. His personal life is no less noteworthy with his allegiance to the Nation of Islam, his friendship with the controversial Malcolm X and his abandonment of his slave name in favor of Muhammad Ali stirring up controversy. Yet, at the top of his game, both Ali's personal and professional lives face the ultimate test with the military draft rules are changed, making him eligible for military induction during the Vietnam War. Despite the fact that he could easily agree to a sweetheart deal that would have meant an easy tour of ... Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Forget What You Think You Know See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Sony [DVD] [United States]

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Release Date:

25 December 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Али  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$107,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,216,625, 23 December 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$58,203,105

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,510,720
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the opening weigh-in scene, as the shoot was running into the early morning hours, Jon Voight was taking extras cell phones and calling their homes. Stating "This is Jon Voight, don't worry, your husband is still on set working, not out in a bar, or chasing girls", sometimes leaving this message on their voice-mails. See more »

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After Malcolm X is killed he is attended to by several men. As they lift up his head the character blinks though he is supposed to be dead. See more »

Quotes

Judge Ingraham: Are you prepared to apologize about your un-patriotic remarks about the war?
Muhammad Ali: No.
Judge Ingraham: No? You say you are the people's champion.
Muhammad Ali: Yes, sir.
Judge Ingraham: Do you think you're acting like you're the people's champion?
Muhammad Ali: Yes, sir. I am not going to apologize to you. This is not a courtroom and I do not have to sit here and answer your questions.
[he gets up and leaves]
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The Columbia Pictures logo rolls backwards. See more »

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Referenced in The Sopranos: Christopher (2002) See more »

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Fight
Written and Produced by Alicia Keys and Kerry Brothers (as Kerry Brothers Jr.)
Performed by Alicia Keys
Courtesy of J Records/MBK Entertainment
Published by EMI April Music Inc., Lellow Music Publishing, Book of Daniel and Publishing Participant New Columbia Pictures Music Inc.
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Excellent Adaptation of Ali's fights
26 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

The fights are not rocky-type or "entertaining" but REAL. Inside the boxing ring, things are different. I was glad to see close to perfect adaptation of Ali's fights (I watched documentary on Ali's career). Michael Mann gets credit for painting all the different aspects of Ali's life superbly. Well, 'Ali' is based on a real legend and not a super-hero and so it is hell of a job to portray such a personality on big screen and make it so entertaining to watch.

The only downside of the movie was to focus a little longer on effect of Africa on him. But the "Loud mouth" CHAMPs witty and "punchy" remarks in his real life along, with his big blows inside the ring, will keep you glued for more.

Overall, Will Smith's hard-work, Mann's adaptation and Mohammad Ali's legendary life makes 'Ali' a must watch for movie goers.


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