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When We Were Kings (1996)

When We Were Kings
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Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali
Himself
George Foreman George Foreman
Himself
Don King Don King
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James Brown James Brown
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B.B. King B.B. King
Himself
Spike Lee Spike Lee
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Norman Mailer Norman Mailer
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When boxing was king!

7 years, 4 months ago at Sep 18 11:22
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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

1 year, 5 months 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 perspective of modern history, the six weeks Ali and Foreman were forced to spend waiting in Africa for their fight to take place now looks like an important moment in America's cultural understanding of African American roots. In a nutshell, Ali had been stripped of his heavyweight champion title because h ... (more)
Release date: 14 February 1997
UPC: 044004584722
Tags: Documentary (9), Boxing (5), Sports (4), Muhammad Ali (3), Color (3), Historical (3), Independent Film (3), 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), Africa (2), History (2), 1990s (1)
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johanlefourbe posted a review 1 year, 5 months ago

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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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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