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The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Sport | 5 May 2013 (USA)
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The legal battles of the great American boxer against being conscripted into the US military during the Vietnam War.

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Bill Siegel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eamonn Andrews Eamonn Andrews ... Himself (archive footage)
Muhammad Ali ... Himself (archive footage)
David Susskind ... Himself (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Louis Farrakhan Louis Farrakhan ... Himself
Rahman Ali ... Himself (as Rahaman Ali)
Gordon B. Davidson Gordon B. Davidson ... Himself, attorney, Louisville Sponsoring Group
Bill Faversham Bill Faversham ... Himself (archive footage)
W.L. Lyons Brown W.L. Lyons Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
Alberta Jones Alberta Jones ... Herself, lawyer (archive footage)
Abdul Rahman Abdul Rahman ... Himself
Salim Muwakkil Salim Muwakkil ... Himself
Malcolm X ... Himself (archive footage)
Abdul Bey Muhammad Abdul Bey Muhammad ... Himself
Elijah Muhammad Elijah Muhammad ... Himself (archive footage)
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'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 Anonymous

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The fame and the fury of the most famous face of the 20th century. See more »


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Official Sites:

Kartemquin Films | Official Facebook | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Muhammad Ali - en mästares kamp See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,980, 25 August 2013

Gross USA:

$59,081

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$59,081
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Rest In Peace Muhammad Ali!.
25 July 2016 | by HealthyLoveSee all my reviews

Source of the Review : http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/trials-of-muhammad-ali/

BY Bill Siegel | IN Identity

Premiered April 14, 2014 About the Film The Trials of Muhammad Ali explores the extraordinary and complex life of the legendary athlete outside the boxing ring. From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, from his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War in the name of protesting racial inequality to his global humanitarian work, Ali remains an inspiring and controversial figure.

Focusing on some of the most noteworthy and provocative aspects of the legendary athlete's life, the film explores his lifelong journey of spiritual transformation. From his Louisville roots through his years in exile to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Ali's path was that of poet to pariah to global ambassador for peace.

In 1964, when the 22-year-old Olympic gold medalist won his first heavyweight championship, he shouted, "I shook up the world!" But his earthshaking had only begun. Soon he announced he had become a Muslim with a new name: Muhammad Ali.

In 1967, after being denied conscientious objector status, Ali refused military induction. Convicted of draft evasion, he was sentenced to five years in prison and his passport was revoked. Stripped of his title and banned from boxing, Ali faced an American public enraged by his opposition to the Vietnam War and unwilling to accept his conversion to Islam. Vilified in many corners at home, he became an international symbol of opposition to an unjust war.

Filing round after round of legal appeals all the way to the Supreme Court, he supported his family via a nationwide speaking tour across a country divided over the war abroad and racism at home. Rare archival footage of Ali's fiery speeches on college campuses and heated exchanges during TV appearances show him fearlessly speaking his mind as he fights for freedom.

Archival scenes highlight the forces that supported and opposed him, including his spiritual mentors, Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad, and critics of his stance, such as Jackie Robinson and Joe Louis. Most of the interviewees have never been featured in any Ali film before, yet are central to his life story and the global impact he had. Interviews shot exclusively for the film include his brother, Rahman; his former wife, Khalilah Camacho-Ali; New York Times writer Robert Lipsyte; and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. What emerges is the hidden history and a complex portrait of Muhammad Ali.

The Filmmaker Bill Siegel has more than 20 years of experience in documentary filmmaking and education. He co-directed the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Weather Underground; was a researcher on the films Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story and Hoop Dreams; and a writer on One Love, a documentary on the cultural history of basketball by Leon Gast (When We Were Kings). Siegel is Vice President of School Programs for the Great Books Foundation, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to literacy and lifelong learning.


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