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Ten of Muhammad Ali's former rivals pay tribute to the three-time world heavyweight champion.

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Pete McCormack

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Pete McCormack
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Credited cast:
George Chuvalo ... Self
Henry Cooper ... Self (as Sir Henry Cooper)
George Foreman ... Self
Joe Frazier ... Self
Larry Holmes ... Self
Ron Lyle Ron Lyle ... Self
Ken Norton ... Self
Earnie Shavers Earnie Shavers ... Self
Leon Spinks ... Self
Ernie Terrell ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Muhammad Ali ... Self (archive footage)
Ringo Bonavena Ringo Bonavena ... Self (archive footage) (as Bonavena)
Mike DeJohn Mike DeJohn ... Self (archive footage)
Jimmy Ellis Jimmy Ellis ... Self (archive footage) (as Ellis)
Joe Louis ... Self - World Heavyweight Champion, 1937-49 (archive footage)
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Storyline

The life and career of Muhammad Ali (1942- ) as seen chronologically in archival footage: Ali as a fighter, a personality, a political lightening rod, and a man. Boxers who fought him describe what led up to major fights and the matches themselves; they also offer personal revelations about their own lives: George Chuvalo's family losses, George Foreman's conversion, Ken Norton's gratitude, Ron Lyle's teaching, Earnie Shaver's encounter with the Klan, and Joe Frazier's good humor pack their own punch. The fighters talk about Ali's quickness, cunning, and recuperative powers - and how fighting him changed their lives. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The time has come to set the record straight.


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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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Beetween them Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Leon Spinks and Larry Holmes held the heavyweight title for over 20 years See more »

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Ken Norton: [about the rumor that he broke Ali's jaw in the second round when they fought in 1973] With Angelo Dundee saying i broke his jaw in the second round, they are telling a story ! That would make their fighter look invincible, that Ali could take insurmountable pain. I broke his jaw in the last round.
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.35 (2009) See more »

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A beautiful, honest film
24 December 2009 | by jimbob12404See all my reviews

I wasn't sure what to expect with this film. I had not heard anything about it and when I was able to get a copy I figured it would be a puff piece, but it is much much more than that. Interviews with several opponents of Muhammad Ali reveal a lot about both the interviewees themselves, and their lives, and their almost unanimous love for Ali. Footage of each fighter's bouts with Ali is plentiful and exciting, and watching it will make you cry when you realize how much he has lost over the years. Something else that will make you cry is what one of his greatest opponents--I won't say who it is---cries openly for Ali and calls him "a great guy...and I hope he gets to live the way we all live...he's earned it." This film just knocked "Tyson" out of the top spot in my best sports documentaries of the year list.


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English

Release Date:

16 December 2010 (Singapore) See more »

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Facing Ali See more »

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,524
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Dolby Digital

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