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The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Sport | 5 May 2013 (USA)
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The legal battles of the great American boxer against being conscripted into the US military during the Vietnam War.

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Eamonn Andrews ... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
Louis Farrakhan ... Himself
... Himself (as Rahaman Ali)
Gordon B. Davidson ... Himself, attorney, Louisville Sponsoring Group
Bill Faversham ... Himself (archive footage)
W.L. Lyons Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
Alberta Jones ... Herself, lawyer (archive footage)
Abdul Rahman ... Himself
Salim Muwakkil ... Himself
... Himself (archive footage)
Abdul Bey Muhammad ... Himself
Elijah Muhammad ... Himself (archive footage)
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'The Trials of Muhammad Ali' covers Ali's toughest bout: his battle to overturn a five-year prison sentence for refusing US military service in Vietnam. Prior to becoming the most recognizable face on earth, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent. 'Trials' zeroes in on the most controversial years of Ali's life, when an emerging sports superhero chooses faith and conscience over fame and fortune. Written by Anonymous

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,078, 13 September 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$57,579, 22 November 2013
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The greatest will live forever!
19 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

We've all seen the highlights of Muhammad Ali's boxing career, but what happened in his life is just as important. "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" has a title that one might interpret as a double meaning. There was the US government's prosecution of him for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War, and there were the events in his personal life. The point is that Ali stood up for what he believed, and made sure that the world heard his opinion.

We could be cynical and say that the documentary gives a little too much time to the interviewees, but the archive footage makes up for that. It's clear that the government saw all black political movements as suspect, especially Islam. Among the interviewees, John Carlos - who made a political statement at the 1968 Olympics - makes probably the most important comment.

Well, Ali got vindicated. He lit the torch at the 1996 Olympics and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. There's also a clip of him interviewed right after the 9/11 attacks warning not to view all Muslims as Osama bin Laden.

Definitely see this documentary.


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