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Ali: An American Hero (2000)

Interprets Cassius Clay's life, his Muslim transformation into Muhammad Ali and his 1974 fight with George Foreman for the heavyweight championship.


Leon Ichaso


Jamal Joseph




Cast overview, first billed only:
David Ramsey ... Cassius Clay / Muhammad Ali
Clarence Williams III ... Marcellus Clay
Joe Morton ... Malcolm X
Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Drew 'Bundini' Brown
Martin Ferrero ... Angelo Dundee
Antonio Fargas ... Elijah Muhammad
Khalil Kain ... Rudy Clay / Rahaman
Earl Boen ... Howard Cosell
Ray Baker
Beverly Todd
Yvonna Kopacz Wright ... (as Yvonna Kopacz)
Sterling Macer Jr.
Casey Biggs
Brian Reddy
Aaron Meeks Aaron Meeks ... Young Cassius


Interprets Cassius Clay's life, his Muslim transformation into Muhammad Ali and his 1974 fight with George Foreman for the heavyweight championship.

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Biography | Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

31 August 2000 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Ali walks in for the rumble in the jungle he has no gloves on then as he steps into ring he has white gloves on then they disappear a few seconds later. Then when fight begins his gloves are black! See more »

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Commendable performances yielded entertaining story
9 October 2002 | by sherringSee all my reviews

I thought the movie was overall pretty good. I believe it is very difficult to put a persons entire life in a 2 hour snapshot. The story flowed fairly well. I viewed the program on BET (a couple of times), and found Clarence Williams to be excellent (as usual). David Ramsey definitely has the chops (and physique) to portray such a powerful man but I do believe the writing could have been a little stronger. I have seen Mr. Ramsey in other projects and find him to be very talented. I don't want to compare people but I have an easier time seeing Mr. Ramsey portraying Ali than someone like Will Smith or Terrance Howard, only because portraying someone of this multitude seemed to be too much of a stretch for Smith and Howard looks NOTHING like Ali. David brought an honesty and vulnerability to the role that I did not see in other portrayals. Joe Morton was OK as Malcolm X. For a character like that I would have liked to have seen someone a little bit more seasoned. All in all I learned a lot about Mr. Ali from this movie and the complexity of his life throughout his career.

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