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Phantom Punch (2008)

The fascinating life story of Sonny Liston, the controversial heavyweight boxing champion of the world.

Director:

Robert Townsend

Writer:

Ryan Combs
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ving Rhames ... Sonny Liston
Stacey Dash ... Geraldine Liston
Nicholas Turturro ... Ceasar Novak
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras ... Farah
David Proval ... Savino
Rick Roberts ... Father Alios
Alan Van Sprang ... Nico Orso
Egidio Tari ... Bobby Zazo
Andrew Hinkson Andrew Hinkson ... Muhammad Ali / Cassius Clay
Troy Amos-Ross Troy Amos-Ross ... Floyd Patterson
Brian Paul ... Police Chief Greensburg
Gord Rand ... Bill Macky
Phillip Jarrett ... Bishop Knight
Brian Frank ... Officer Mellow
Philip Williams ... St. Louis Cop
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The story of World heavyweight champion boxer Charles L. "Sonny" Liston, who was knocked down 2 minutes into a championship fight by a seemingly harmless right hook from Muhammad Ali. It would forever be known as the "Phantom Punch". Liston later died under mysterious circumstances. Written by Anonymous

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"Before Tyson, there was Liston".

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Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, sexual content and some violence involving a sexual assault | See all certifications »
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Originally, the theme song to the film was titled 'No Love in the Game' and was produced, wrote and performed by Cleveland rapper turned director Boogieman (Kenny Latimer). See more »

Soundtracks

The Man That I Love
Music by Stacey Hersh
Lyrics by Robert Townsend
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A lot of historical inconsistencies .....
22 November 2010 | by richeysjSee all my reviews

If you want to see what the real Sonny was all about, watch HBO's documentary "Sonny Liston: The Mysterious Life and Death of a Champion". Its brilliant!! This movie...well not so good. Ving Rhames is great as usual. Problem is he may be a tad old for the role, plus he didn't have much to work with here. A lot of what we know about Sonny was historically inaccurate or missing. No harassment from Ali(a young Cassius Clay) before, or after the Patterson rematch. Ali (Clay) made Liston's life hell for over a year before their first fight. No scene detailing Sonny slapping Ali's face in a casino. Not even a mention of his first fight against Marty Marshall. Liston suffered a broken jaw in the fourth round before losing a close 8-round decision. But you wouldn't know it from this film. Sonny was no choirboy nice-guy for sure. But he deserves better than Phantom Punch.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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1.78 : 1
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