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Facing Ali (2009)





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Muhammad Ali was arguably the greatest boxer of the 20th century, and that rare fighter whose presence in the culture of the day was equal to (or perhaps even greater than) his remarkable skills in the ring. Ali was a superb fighter who squared off against a variety of gifted athletes during his career, and filmmaker Pete McCormack offers a new perspective on Ali through this documentary, in which some of his opponents speak about their experiences with the man. Facing Ali includes interviews with Joe Frazier, who speaks of the bitterness that still remains of his rivalry with Ali; George Chuvalo, a Canadian fighter who recalls that while Ali defeated him, he went dancing with his wife afterward while the winner went to the hospital; George Foreman, whose memories include a powerful punch that Ali chose not to land; Leon Spinks, whose 1978 upset victory over Ali thrust him into a level of fame he was not prepared to handle; Ernie Terrell, who discusses the technique and strategy behind Ali's approach; and many more. Produced in association with Spike TV, Facing Ali was an official selection at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival.
R (for some language)
Documentary , Sports & Fitness
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... a dynamic portrait of the athlete and icon emerges through the remembrances, reflections and memorable quotes...

Full Review… | January 10, 2010

Audience Reviews for Facing Ali

A great inside look on what it was like to face the greatest from the view of other great fighters and there battle with him.

James Bethea
James Bethea

Facing Ali is a fine enough movie, but not one that appeals to me very much. I'm not a fan of the documentary style so I needed to rely on my limited affections for boxing to get through the movie. Ali's life made for an interesting enough story, but the interviews were occasionally hard to understand and not interesting to listen to. Personally, I'd rather watch Ali the Will Smith movie. But if you're a fan of documentaries, boxing, or both, you'll probably get a kick out of this movie. Full review at: http://robertreviewsstuff.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/facing-ali-2009/

Robert Bicket
Robert Bicket

An honest and powerful documentary on the fighting career of Mohamed Ali as told by his opponents. Greatest boxer there ever was.

Wu Chouin
Wu Chouin

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