A.K.A. Cassius Clay (1970)





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This documentary combines black-and-white with color photography to tell the story of heavyweight boxing champion Mohammed Ali, formerly known as Cassius Clay before his religious conversion to the Black Muslims. Richard Kiley narrates, and personal accounts from Joe Louis and Ali himself firmly puts Ali in an elite group of boxers that is second only to Louis in the sport's popularity and stature. Fights from director Jim Jacobs film library show Ali against Henry Cooper, Floyd Patterson, Jerry Quarry and the controversial knockdown of Sonny Liston. Ali proclaims himself to be both the greatest and the prettiest fighter ever to enter a boxing ring. Legendary trainer Cus D'Amato is on hand to keep his prizefighter focused and takes his boxer's self-promoting flamboyance in perspective. The late Malcolm X gives his opinion about Ali, and the champ meets one of his childhood heroes from Hollywood, comedian Stepin Fetchit, whom Ali credits with providing him with a knockout punch lifted from the actor's screen antics.
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This documentary about Muhammad Ali was made after Ali refused to go to Vietnam, so it gives a very interesting look into the effect ali had on America and the world as it was happening. The documentary has age to it, but i feel like it gives it alot more character to it then taking away from it. i loved ali's arguments with his trainer about whether or not he could beat Joe Louis in his prime or not. There are several interviews with the man himself that are shown and it gives an interesting peak into who Cassius clay is and was. Quite a braggart,but he was always right about his opponents. He never said a single thing he couldn't show for inside the ring, which angered many fans of boxing at the time, while also winning the hearts early on. Overall, it's a good introduction to Muhammad Ali for newcomers and a deeper look into the years when the world didn't know for sure if Ali would ever be boxing again after the Vietnam War incident.

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