Muhammad Ali stars as himself in this dramatized version of his life story up to the late 1970s. It includes his Olympic triumphs as Cassius Clay, his conversion to Islam, his refusal of ... See full summary »
Ali's biggest match, his fight with the US government. A film about the politics and hubris surrounding the Vietnam War and the revenge exacted on America's greatest sportsman of the 20th century because he refused to fight in that war.
Ed Begley Jr.
Thirty-Two year-old Muhammad Ali takes on what was at that time, one of the most powerful boxers in the history of the sport, in one last shot at greatness. Ali employs his "rope-a-dope" ... See full summary »
He's the greatest fighter of all time. A sports icon that is loved throughout the world. A man driven by his ambition to be the best. Muhammad Ali is a name that to this day puts fear in ... See full summary »
'The Trials of Muhammad Ali' covers Ali's toughest bout: his battle to overturn a five-year prison sentence for refusing US military service in Vietnam. Prior to becoming the most recognizable face on earth, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent. 'Trials' zeroes in on the most controversial years of Ali's life, when an emerging sports superhero chooses faith and conscience over fame and fortune.Written by
Marvelous documentary revealing little known aspects of this iconic American's journey. As a teenager, Ali was backed by a coterie of rich, white Kentucky financiers with a keen eye for picking Kentucky Derby winners and one promising prize fighter. Like the rest of the world, they had no idea that Ali (then known as Cassius Clay, named after an abolitionist) would blossom into a veritable goldmine. Yet Ali remained "unbought" throughout his career, refusing to curb his personal convictions for anyone. Arguably, his unblinking allegiance to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad may have been misplaced, but, as the film shows, it was strains of this dogged allegiance to principle that led the Supreme Court to reverse Ali's draft dodger conviction. The film wastes too much time on self-important talking heads (including a family member and Nation of Islam representatives) who appear to overstate their influence on the now stoic Ali. The film also lingers a bit long with Malcolm X's concurrent struggles with the NOI and not long enough with the troubling period when Ali, broke and title-stripped, embarked upon awkward college lecture and way, way off-Broadway tours. It closes with a tearful tribute from his daughter and brother (who bears a striking resemblance to Ali), and a full-circle romp back to the Olympics, from whence his public persona emerged. This isn't a fight film, it's an exonerative victory lap by "The Greatest" that merits eight heavyweight forks from AfroPixFlix.
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