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Ali-Frazier I: One Nation... Divisible (2000)

A look at the events leading up to and including the legendary March 1971 bout between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. The film also looks at the political and social factors that helped to ... See full summary »

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Dave Anderson
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Credited cast:
Joe Frazier ... Himself
Muhammad Ali ... Himself (archive footage)
Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Brenner ... Himself
Jim Brown ... Himself
Gil Clancy Gil Clancy ... Himself
Alvin Cooperman Alvin Cooperman ... Himself
Stanley Crouch ... Himself
Angelo Dundee ... Himself
Yank Durham Yank Durham ... Himself (archive footage)
Jimmy Ellis Jimmy Ellis ... Himself (archive footage)
George Foreman ... Himself
Marvis Frazier Marvis Frazier ... Himself
Vince Furlong Vince Furlong ... Himself
Eddie Futch Eddie Futch ... Himself
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A look at the events leading up to and including the legendary March 1971 bout between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. The film also looks at the political and social factors that helped to make this fight more than just an ordinary boxing match between two of the greatest heavyweight champions that ever lived as Ali was a symbol for liberals, militant blacks and hippies and Frazier was a symbol for the more conservative elements for society. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Documentary | Sport

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USA

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English

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17 August 2000 (USA) See more »

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HBO Sports See more »
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This features the only media interview Jerry Perenchio has given since 1981. Perenchio is notorious for refusing all interviews. See more »

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Features The Mike Douglas Show (1961) See more »

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I Shall Be Free No. 10
Written and Performed by Bob Dylan
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One Helluva Documentary
24 March 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

This is one of the greatest documentaries I have ever seen. It perfectly discusses the events that led up to the first fight in the greatest rivalry in the history of boxing. The film also captures what the mood of the country at the time of the fight and how it was divided along racial, generational and socio-economic lines. The thing I really found fascinating was the fact that Ali would call Frazier an "Uncle Tom", due to the fact that Frazier was perceived as being the "good" black and Ali was perceived as being more militant. Frazier took that as a personal insult whereas Ali saw it as a way to promote the fight. Also, the coda at the end of the fight showing how even though the forces that Frazier allegedly represented (Nixon, conservatives and Frazier himself) wound up winning that night eventually wound up losing within a few years of that special night in March of 1971.


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