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Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story (2005)

A story of violence, love, sex, politics and media centered around the life of Griffith, a six-time world welterweight champion.

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Ron Berger, Dan Klores
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Dunphy Don Dunphy ... Himself (archive footage)
Benny Paret Benny Paret ... Himself (archive footage)
Emile Griffith Emile Griffith ... Himself
Pete Hamill Pete Hamill ... Himself
Juan Gonzalez Juan Gonzalez ... Himself
Howie Albert Howie Albert ... Himself
Gil Clancy Gil Clancy ... Himself
Jimmy Breslin ... Himself
Bill Gallo Bill Gallo ... Himself
Ron Ross Ron Ross ... Himself
Hank Kaplan Hank Kaplan ... Himself
Franklin Griffith Franklin Griffith ... Himself
Jimmy Powers Jimmy Powers ... Himself (archive footage)
Gaspar Ortega Gaspar Ortega ... Himself
Neal Gabler ... Himself
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A story of violence, love, sex, politics and media centered around the life of Griffith, a six-time world welterweight champion.

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An extremely well done documentary which reaches well beyond the boundaries of sports.
27 April 2005 | by neovsr2d2See all my reviews

An extremely well done documentary which reaches well beyond the boundaries of sports. Even though it follows the boxing career of Emile Griffith, its a poignant story that touches upon an era of innocence in America that is long gone. Sports writer, Pete Hamill made an early comment in the film in which he states that even though it is 1962, America was still living in the '50s. Being almost 2 decades removed from our World War II war heroes, America was on the cusp of a new time. A time where death could be seen on TV. A time where our potential new heroes would be scrutinized and seen as human with frailties and tastes that may be different from what was perceived as the norm. I would recommend this documentary to all, not only sports fans. But, only by being a sports fan, did I hear about it on commercial TV (which I don't watch much of). I look forward to seeing it again, hopefully, on DVD soon. It would be unfortunate if people judge this as only as a sports documentary.


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