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When We Were Kings (1996)

When We Were Kings
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Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali
George Foreman George Foreman
Don King Don King
James Brown James Brown
B.B. King B.B. King
Spike Lee Spike Lee
Norman Mailer Norman Mailer
Himself - Writer


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When boxing was king!

9 years, 2 months 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

3 years, 2 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), Independent Film (3), Muhammad Ali (3), Color (3), Historical (3), Zaire (2), Rumble In The Jungle (2), James Brown (2), Don King (2), 1996 (2), Africa (2), History (2), Usa (2), 89 Min. (2), 1970s (2), George Foreman (2), Kinshasa (2), True Films 200 (1)
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"Best Documentary Feature! Winner: When We Were Kings! Nominees: The Line King: The Al Hirschfield Story Mandela Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press"

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" 21.2. (Teatteri/35 mm) Dokkarissa Muhammad Ali ja George Foreman rumblaavat viidakossa, Busta Rhymes puolestaan lopputeksteissä. Myös Zairen rakastettu diktaattori Mobutu kurkistaa kameraa kohden."

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