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

13 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

7 years 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), Color (3), Muhammad Ali (3), Independent Film (3), 1996 (3), Historical (3), Africa (2), 1970s (2), 1990s (2), History (2), James Brown (2), Rumble In The Jungle (2), Usa (2), George Foreman (2), Kinshasa (2), Zaire (2), Don King (2), 89 Min. (2)
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Top 10 best movies 1996 (16 movies items)

" Notes: 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"


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" Notes: 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"


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1001 Movies Chosen By Johanlefourbe (1004 movies items)

" Notes: 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"


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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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"Back during the 90's, there was a lot of talk of how Hoop Dreams is one one of the best documentary sports films of the decade. And that movie is included on Fave Films of 1994 list, which shows that I agree to that consensus on some level. But, the truth is, for me, when it comes to a film that documents the reality behind sports and their events, When We Were Kings ranks as number one. Following the build up that led to the famous "Rumble in the Jungle" heavyweight championship match betwee"


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