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Pariah: The Lives and Deaths of Sonny Liston (2019)

Overcoming the seemingly insurmountable odds that life threw his way, Liston became heavyweight champion of the world when he knocked out Floyd Patterson in 1962. Eight years later, he died but friends questioned the cause of his death.

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Credited cast:
Bill Alden Bill Alden ... Himself
Muhammad Ali ... Himself (archive footage) (as Cassius Clay)
Shaun Assael Shaun Assael ... Himself
Wayne Bethea Wayne Bethea ... Himself (archive footage)
Frankie Carbo Frankie Carbo ... Himself (archive footage)
Nigel Collins Nigel Collins ... Himself
Devin Dollery Devin Dollery ... Mark Rodney
Lance Elliot ... Red Mobster
Arthur Falko ... Journalist
Charles Farrell Charles Farrell ... Himself
Larry Gandy Larry Gandy ... Himself
Dana Gentry Dana Gentry ... Herself
Trish Geran Trish Geran ... Herself
Julius Griffin Julius Griffin ... Himself (archive footage)
Roy Harris Roy Harris ... Himself (archive footage)
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Overcoming the seemingly insurmountable odds that life threw his way, Liston became the heavyweight champion of the world when he knocked out Floyd Patterson in 1962. Just eight years later, his wife finds him dead in their Las Vegas home from a supposed heroin overdose. Suspicion as to the cause of death pervaded among those that knew him. Written by SHOWTIME

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A Champion
16 November 2019 | by HallowLooyuhSee all my reviews

For me, Mike Tyson's summary is the best: Sonny Liston was a Champion.

No matter what it took for him to get there, what unfathomable obstacles he had to endure and overcome, no matter the naysayers and institutional disadvantages, the rejections, hypocrisies, hangers-on and users, he earned the stature of Champion.

Gone too soon; questions about his end still lingering; speculations about his fights against Muhammad Ali -- it all makes for fascinating theorizing. But none of it can take away from the fact that Sonny Liston earned his Championship.


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