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Joe Louis: America's Hero... Betrayed (2008)

An American story. Traces the career of Joe Louis (1914-1981) within the context of American racial consciousness: his difficulty getting big fights early in his career, the pride of ... See full summary »

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Ouisie Shapiro
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Joe Louis ... Self (archive footage)
Joe Louis Barrow Jr. Joe Louis Barrow Jr. ... Self
Randy Roberts ... Self - Historian
Dick Gregory ... Self
Walter Smith Walter Smith ... Self - Friend
Chris Mead Chris Mead ... Self - Biographer
John Roxborough John Roxborough ... Self - Manager (archive footage)
Julian Black Julian Black ... Self - Trainer (archive footage)
Jack Johnson Jack Johnson ... Self (archive footage)
Jack Blackburn Jack Blackburn ... Self - Trainer (archive footage)
Lester Rodney Lester Rodney ... Self
Gerald Early ... Self - Historian
Primo Carnera Primo Carnera ... Self (archive footage)
Charles Rangel ... Self
Max Baer ... Self (archive footage)
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An American story. Traces the career of Joe Louis (1914-1981) within the context of American racial consciousness: his difficulty getting big fights early in his career, the pride of African-Americans in his prowess, the shift of White sentiment toward Louis as Hitler came to power, Louis's patriotism during World War II, and the hounding of Louis by the IRS for the following 15 years. In his last years, he's a casino greeter, a drug user, and the occasional object of scorn for young Turks like Muhammad Ali. Appreciative comment comes from boxing scholars, Louis's son Joe Jr., friends, and icons like Maya Angelou, Dick Gregory, and Bill Cosby. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Official Sites:

HBO [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 2008 (USA) See more »

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HBO Sports See more »
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Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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