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Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight ()


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Ali's biggest match, his fight with the US government. A film about the politics and hubris surrounding the Vietnam War and the revenge exacted on America's greatest sportsman of the 20th... See more »

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  • Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 5 nominations.
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Cast

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John Harlan
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Warren Burger
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Harry Blackmun
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William Brennan
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Potter Stewart
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Byron 'Whizzer' White
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Hugo Black
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William O. Douglas
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Thurgood Marshall
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Kevin Connolly
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Covert Becker
Ben Steinfeld ...
Sam Edelstein
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Mrs. Paige
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Ethel Harlan
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Donna Connolly
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Erwin Griswald
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Ramsey Clark
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Chauncey Eskridge
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Marshal of the Court
Allie Woods Jr. ...
Petrus, Burger's Valet (as Allie Woods)
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Burger's Clerk
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Burger's Second Clerk
Max Spitulnik ...
Blackmun's Clerk
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Blackmun's Second Clerk
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Brennan's Clerk
Will Cart ...
White's Clerk
Matt Stadelmann ...
Black's Clerk (as Matthew Stadelmann)
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Black's Second Clerk
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Douglas's Clerk
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Marshall's Clerk
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Edelstein's Wife
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Edelstein's Son
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Doctor
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Nurse
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Stoned Clerk
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Maitre D' (as Steven Huack)
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Librarian (as Pamela Holden Stewart)
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Vietnam Vet
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Tourist
Lizan Mitchell ...
Housekeeper
Mark Mulligan ...
Court Officer
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Black's Secretary
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Messenger
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Himself (archiveFootage)
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Himself (archiveFootage)
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Herself (archiveFootage)
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Court Librarian
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Supreme Court Librarian (uncredited)
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Lawyer (uncredited)
Logan Bennett ...
Legal Aide (uncredited)
Natt Brian ...
Press member / tourist (uncredited)
Ken Bulcroft ...
Supreme Court Police Officer (uncredited)
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Honored Guest of the Supreme Court Judges (uncredited)
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Stewart's Clerk (uncredited)
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Marshall's Second Clerk (uncredited)
Scott Danni ...
Lawyer (uncredited)
Alan Davis ...
Supreme Court Tourist (uncredited)
Jacob Devik ...
Vietnam Veteran (uncredited)
Chris Dieman ...
Lawyer (uncredited)
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N Y Ring Announcer (uncredited) (voice)
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Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Les Gardonyi ...
Advocate (uncredited)
Hollis Gilstrap ...
Protester (uncredited)
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Marshall's Third Clerk (uncredited)
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Protester (uncredited)
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Supreme Court Secretary (uncredited)
Cristina J. Huie ...
Beth Female Racist (uncredited)
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Lawyer (uncredited)
Andrew J. Lonsdale ...
Judge White's 2nd Clerk (uncredited)
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Courtroom Official (uncredited)
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Bus Station Traveler (uncredited)
Chap Melford ...
Clerk to Judge White (uncredited)
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Court Officer (uncredited)
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Attorney (uncredited)
Andrew Oppenheim ...
Douglas's Second Clerk (uncredited)
Ken Ray ...
Justice Harlins Driver-Paul (uncredited)
R.J. Reed ...
Justice Potter Stewart's Clerk (uncredited)
Joe Rusnak ...
Attorney (uncredited)
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Vietnam Vet (uncredited)
George Signoriello ...
Supreme Court Spectator (uncredited)
Sean Simpson ...
Vietnam Vet (uncredited)
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Supreme Court Justice (uncredited)
Mark Vogt ...
Law Professor (uncredited)
Colin Michael Walker ...
Brennan's Clerk (uncredited)
Ted Yudain ...
Assistant Solicitor General (uncredited)

Directed by

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Stephen Frears

Written by

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Howard L. Bingham ... (based on the book by)
 
Shawn Slovo ... (written by)
 
Mark Wallace ... (based on the book by)

Produced by

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Jonathan Cameron ... executive producer
Frank Doelger ... executive producer
Scott Ferguson ... producer
Tracey Scoffield ... executive producer
David Tanner ... co-producer

Music by

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George Fenton

Cinematography by

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Jim Denault

Film Editing by

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Mick Audsley

Editorial Department

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Aggela Despotidou ... assistant editor
Paul Ensby ... colorist
Dave Francis ... colorist: dailies
Emma Hulme ... digital intermediate post producer
Pete Oldham ... post-production coordinator
Siôn Penny ... hd conforming (as Sion Penny)
Pani Scott ... first assistant editor (as Pani Ahmadi-Moore)
Anna Broke ... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Tom Sainty ... trainee assistant editor (uncredited)
Jonathan Sykes ... digital intermediate data management (uncredited)

Casting By

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Kathleen Chopin

Production Design by

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Dan Davis

Art Direction by

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Michael Ahern

Set Decoration by

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Andrew Baseman

Costume Design by

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Molly Maginnis

Makeup Department

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Judy Chin ... makeup department head
Angel De Angelis ... key hair stylist
Marjorie Durand ... key makeup artist
Christopher Fulton ... hair stylist / personal wig dresser: Mr. Langella
Lisa Hazell ... hair stylist
Julia Lallas ... additional make-up artist
Theresa Marra-Siliceo ... assistant hair stylist
Amanda Miller ... wig maker
Eve Morrow ... makeup artist
Colleen Wheeler ... assistant hair stylist

Production Management

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Phil Brown ... post-production supervisor
Scott Ferguson ... unit production manager
Erica Kay ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Nancy Hermann ... second assistant director (as Nancy Herrmann)
Josh Muzaffer ... dga trainee
Ellen Parnett ... second second assistant director
Michael E. Steele ... first assistant director (as Michael Steele)

Art Department

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Clayton Beisner ... art department production assistant
Sarah Bricker ... props
Anna Butwell ... assistant property master
Doug Cluff ... charge scenic artist
David Cooney ... storyboard artist
Bianca Siu Davies ... art production assistant
Sean Doyle ... set dresser
Gerard Fiore ... best boy construction grip
Julia G. Hickman ... art department coordinator
Dan-ah Kim ... graphic artist
Jeff Kujan ... construction production assistant
Lance Littlefield ... scenic artist
John F. McHugh ... key carpenter
Valerie Nolan ... assistant set decorator
Ian O'Neill ... construction grip
Courtney Schmidt ... property master
Casey Smith ... assistant art director
Michael Sheridan Smith ... scenic
Joseph Sorelle ... on set dresser
Randy L. Parisian ... scenic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Mark DeSimone ... adr mixer
Mike Dowson ... re-recording mixer
Arthur Graley ... foley editor
Juraj Mravec ... adr recordist
Becki Ponting ... supervising adr and dialogue editor
Schavaria Reeves ... sound utility
William Sarokin ... sound mixer
Ric Schnupp ... adr recordist
Jack Whittaker ... supervising sound editor

Visual Effects by

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John Bair ... visual effects supervisor
Gary J. Brown ... visual effects artist
Vivian Connolly ... visual effects executive producer
Venancio David ... flame artist
Alexis Haggar ... title effects supervisor
Tara Marie Jacobson ... digital compositor
Christian Lowe ... lead digital compositor
Lea Prainsack ... visual effects producer: Phosphene
Greg Radcliffe ... digital compositor
Aaron Raff ... additional visual effects supervisor / lead digital compositor
Pani Scott ... vfx editor (as Pani Ahmadi-Moore)
Matt Stroub ... visual effects artist
Tim Van Horn ... digital compositor
Guido Wilden ... workflow consultant
Scott Winston ... lead digital compositor
Kylie Stanton ... digital artist: Lexhag (uncredited)

Stunts

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Scott Burik ... stunt performer
Tim Gallin ... stunt performer
Donald John Hewitt ... stunt performer (as Don Hewitt)
Pete Klein ... stunt performer (as Peter Klein)
Stephen A. Pope ... stunt coordinator (as Stephen Pope)
Akos Schenek ... stunt performer

Camera and Electrical Department

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George Bianchini ... steadicam operator
Mike Bicknell ... electrician
Matt Blades ... key grip
Kai Wai Cheng ... company grip
Tim Davies ... best boy rigging grip
Robert K. Feldmann ... key rigging grip
Ted Goodwin ... electrician
Andrew Greve ... rigging electric best boy
Christopher D. Jones ... dolly grip: b camera
Kevin Kasarda ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
John Krause ... "a" camera dolly grip
Bruce MacCallum ... camera operator: "a" camera
Emily Miller ... camera production assistant
Somer Stamps Mojica ... camera pa (as Somer Stamps)
Ian O'Neill ... rigging grip
Alan Pierce ... camera operator: "b" camera
John Pirozzi ... camera operator: "c" camera
Jim Powers ... camera production assistant / camera utility
Craig Pressgrove ... "a" camera first assistant
Dave Samuel ... gaffer
Lowell Schulman ... construction electric
Eve Strickman ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Waris Supanpong ... c camera first assistant
JoJo Whilden ... still photographer

Casting Department

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Jolanda Anthony ... extras casting associate
Rori Bergman ... casting associate
Melcher Fabi ... extras casting assistant
Grant Wilfley ... extras casting
Jamie Jacobson ... child extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jason Adam V ... costumer
Kevin P. Faherty ... costumer
Eleni Goros ... costume assistant
Jimmy Hang ... costume assistant
Leonard Logsdail ... costumer
Carol McLennan ... set costumer
Minerva Diann Savoy ... tailor
Samantha L. Seda ... costume assistant
Michael Sharpe ... first assistant costume designer
Nick Snyder ... costume assistant
Malik Summers ... set costumer
Lawrence Tarzy ... costumer
Patrick Wiley ... assistant costume designer
Susan J. Wright ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Jordan M. Bowes ... location assistant
Michael J. Camoin ... location scout: Albany
Tim Chung ... location assistant
Jeff Cossaboom ... location coordinator
Stuart Nicolai ... location manager
Tim Pisarik ... location assistant
Thomas R. Polleri ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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John Barrett ... score pro tools engineer
Mark Berrow ... musician: violin
Daniel Bhattacharya ... musician
Rachel Bolt ... viola
Isobel Griffiths ... orchestral contractor
Evyen Klean ... music supervisor (as Evyen J. Klean)
Steve Mair ... musician: double bass
Jeremy Murphy ... recordist
Samuel Pegg ... music programming
Steve Price ... music engineer
Simon Rhodes ... score recorded and mixed by
Graham Sutton ... music editor

Transportation Department

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Maurice Cabrera ... transportation coordinator
Jacqueline L. Hurd ... picture car coordinator: Washington, DC

Other crew

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Anna Bosco ... production accountant
Garf Brown ... scenic foreman
Harold Bryant ... production assistant
Jay Bush II ... photo double: Christopher Plummer
Cristal Calderon ... production assistant
Morgan P. Collins ... production assistant (as Morgan Collins)
Lauren Cozzens ... assistant: Stephen Frears and Scott Ferguson
Samantha Dyer ... asst. production coordinator (as Samantha Kreitzer)
Maggie Engelhardt ... production coordinator
Lisa Fozzati ... assistant production supervisor
Sal Fusco ... production assistant
Megan Gagnon ... assistant: Benjamin Walker, Christopher Plummer and Frank Langella
Niko Godfrey ... second assistant accountant (as Niko Bommer)
Bradley Dean Jones ... stand-in: John Bedford Lloyd
Ráchel Lowery ... researcher
Kelly Mahoney ... staff production assistant: background
Taylor McNulty ... production assistant
Richard Morrison ... main title sequence designed by
Ginny Nugent ... production executive
Steve Powers ... production assistant
Deborah Ricketts ... archive researcher
Olimpia T. Rinaldi ... first assistant accountant
Dannielle Rose ... stand-in
Corey Schuler ... production assistant
Scott Shouldis ... office production assistant
Kati Sklut ... production secretary
Andrea Ulrich ... script supervisor
Hunter Valentino ... accounting clerk (as Hunter Olmeda)
Lauren Vanderschuur ... unit production assistant
Dean Wares ... main title sequence designed by
Andrew J. Lonsdale ... utility stand-in: Frank Langella (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In 1964, world champion boxer Muhammad Ali requested exemption from the military draft based on his religious beliefs. His request was denied and when he refused induction into the army, he was convicted and sentenced to 5 years imprisonment. His case eventually works itself up the Supreme Court. In their first conference after the case is presented, the justices decide by majority vote to uphold the conviction and Justice John Harlan is tasked with preparing the majority opinion. He assigns one of his clerks, Kevin Connolly, to prepare a first draft but try as he might he believes that decision his wrong. His draft argues for overturning the conviction and Harlan agrees with him. The justice must now find a way to convince his colleagues. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines Some fights are bigger than the ring. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Muhammad Alis größter Kampf (Germany)
  • El gran combate de Muhammad Ali (Spain)
  • Najtrudniejsza walka Muhammada Alego (Poland)
  • Главный бой Мухаммеда Али (Russia)
  • Muhammed Ali: Büyük Kavga (Turkey, Turkish title)
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Runtime
  • 97 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia This is the second time Benjamin Walker has portrayed a southern lawyer on film. He portrayed lawyer Abraham Lincoln in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012). See more »
Soundtracks We Came in Chains See more »
Quotes Justice Potter Stewart: You okay, Harry?
Justice Harry Blackmun: I know you're all concerned with what you perceive as my indecisiveness, you think I can't make up my mind. It's not that, it really isn't. It's that the issues in this case are so grave, you answer one question, even tentatively you think you're safe, then two more questions appear on the horizon. As I see it, I can't make a final judgement until all the facts are in. Until all the arguments have been analyzed.
Justice Potter Stewart: But it's not a math problem, Harry. You wanna find out one answer. Doesn't work that way.
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