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When We Were Kings (1996)

When We Were Kings
7.6 Rating
(67 ratings)
8 IMDB rating

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Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

Himself
Don King

Don King

Himself
James Brown

James Brown

Himself
B.B. King

B.B. King

Himself
Spike Lee

Spike Lee

Himself
Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer

Himself - Writer


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When boxing was king!

6 years ago at Sep 18 11:22
2 votes
I think Spike Lee sums things up during the film when he states ‘These kids today are missing a whole lot if they don’t know about the legacy of Muhammad Ali. No matter what era you live in, you see very few true heroes’. Here Ali charms a whole African Nation with his honesty and charisma. There is no boxer today that even comes close to him inside or outside of the ring. You don't have to ... read more

A very good movie

2 weeks, 4 days ago at Sep 2 20:56
2 votes
Since I kept hearing many good things about this flick, I was really eager to check it out. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of boxing as a sport, I always had a hard time enjoying watching two grown men completely beating each other up, but I can’t deny the fact that there is still something quite dramatic about this sport which works very well with movies, in contrary to most other sports. W... read more
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Description: Decades ago, documentary filmmaker Leon Gast attempted to complete a feature about the 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle" championship bout between boxers Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire. Sundry complications, though, held up the project until its release in 1996. It was well worth the delay. From Gast's perspect ... (more)
Release date: 14 February 1997
UPC: 044004584722
Documentary (9), Boxing (5), Sports (4), Independent Film (3), Muhammad Ali (3), Color (3), Historical (3), Africa (2), History (2), Usa (2), 89 Min. (2), 1970s (2), George Foreman (2), Kinshasa (2), Zaire (2), Rumble In The Jungle (2), James Brown (2), Don King (2), 1996 (2), Sort (1)
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A very good movie

“Since I kept hearing many good things about this flick, I was really eager to check it out. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of boxing as a sport, I always had a hard time enjoying watching two grown men completely beating each other up, but I can’t deny the fact that there is still something quite dramatic about this sport which works very well with movies, in contrary to most other sports. Well, this fight must be one of the most famous fights that ever took place and everything about it was larger than life. Indeed, you had the young George Forman who was like this huge monster who seemed unbeatable and, of course, the legendary Muhammad Ali with his huge mouth and his unique charisma who was much older and who seemingly didn’t stand a chance. Eventually, the fight didn’t disapp” read more

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"1996 WINNER - DASFilms Ltd. Production, Gramercy. Leon Gast, David Sonenberg "


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Rollo Tomasi posted a review 6 years ago

When boxing was king!

“I think Spike Lee sums things up during the film when he states ‘These kids today are missing a whole lot if they don’t know about the legacy of Muhammad Ali. No matter what era you live in, you see very few true heroes’. Here Ali charms a whole African Nation with his honesty and charisma. There is no boxer today that even comes close to him inside or outside of the ring. You don't have to love boxing to enjoy this film, it's so much more than that, it's also passionate about politics, personality, history, religion. If you do love boxing... then there's no greater fight. Take a journey back in time with two true legends of the sport you won't be disappointed.

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"Nominated by abhijeet This excellent documentary follows the events around the legendary 'Rumble in the Jungle' boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. It's a stunning look at the personality of Ali. My favourite moment is the look on Ali's face at the end of the first round. Even if you're not a fan of boxing (I'm not), this documentary has a lot to be admired."


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