AliDecember 25, 2001
A biography of sports legend, Muhammad Ali, from his early days to his days in the ring.
Release Year: 2001
Rating: 6.6/10 (41,589 voted)
Critic's Score: 65/100
Stars: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight
In 1964, a brash new pro boxer, fresh from his olympic gold medal victory, explodes on to the scene, Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self confidence with his unapologetic belief that he is the greatest boxer of all time. To his credit, he sets out to prove that with his highly agile and forceful style soon making him a formidable boxer who soon claims the heavyweight championship. His personal life is no less noteworthy with his allegiance to the Nation of Islam, his friendship with the controversial Malcolm X and his abandonment of his slave name in favour of Muhammad Ali stirring up controversy. Yet, at the top of his game, both Ali's personal and professional lives face the ultimate test with the military draft rules are changed, making him eligible for military induction during the Vietnam War….
Writers: Gregory Allen Howard, Stephen J. Rivele
Drew 'Bundini' Brown
Mario Van Peebles
Jada Pinkett Smith
Dr. Ferdie Pacheco
Barry Shabaka Henley
Jabir Herbert Muhammad
Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr.
Forget What You Think You Know
Sony [United States] [DVD] |
Release Date: 25 December 2001
Filming Locations: Accra, Ghana
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $10,216,625
(23 December 2001)
Did You Know?
In the edited TV version, director Michael Mann is credited instead as "Alan Smith", an obvious variant of Alan Smithee.
Chauncey Eskridge was not at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis standing directly under Martin Luther King Jr. at the moment of King's April 4, 1968 assassination (the director knew this).
I'm gonna give 1000 dollars to the man who brings me Howard Cosell's toupee, dead or alive.
Excellent Adaptation of Ali's fights
The fights are not rocky-type or "entertaining" but REAL. Inside the
ring, things are different. I was glad to see close to perfect adaptation
Ali's fights (I watched documentary on Ali's career). Michael Mann gets
credit for painting all the different aspects of Ali's life superbly.
'Ali' is based on a real legend and not a super-hero and so it is hell of
job to portray such a personality on big screen and make it so
The only downside of the movie was to focus a little longer on effect of
Africa on him. But the "Loud mouth" CHAMPs witty and "punchy" remarks in
real life along, with his big blows inside the ring, will keep you glued
Overall, Will Smith's hard-work, Mann's adaptation and Mohammad Ali's
legendary life makes 'Ali' a must watch for movie goers.