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Muhammad Ali: King of the World (2000)

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It is just possible that the made-for-TV biopic Muhammad Ali: King of the World was hastily pieced together to capitalize on the popular theatrical documentary When We Were Kings and the publicity attending the upcoming Will Smith movie vehicle Ali. Actually, the title of the TV film was something of a misnomer, since the story covers the formative days of Ali's career and fame, when he was still fighting under his given name Cassius Clay. Played by Terrence DaShon Howard, the young Clay slugs his way from poverty-stricken obscurity to the 1960 Olympics, garners both positive and negative publicity with his incessant self-worship and improvised rhymes, and proves that he is more than just talk when he defeats Sonny Liston (Steve Harris) in 1964. It is in fact at this point that the film draws to a close, with a few hints of what is to come manifested in an early meeting between the impressionable Clay and Islamic activist Malcolm X (Gary Dourdan). Based on the bestselling 1998 biography by David Renwick, Muhammad Ali: King of the World debuted January 10, 2000, on ABC.

Cast

Terrence Howard
as Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali
Steve Harris
as Sonny Liston
John Ventimiglia
as Angelo Dundee
Chi McBride
as Bundini Brown
Gary Dourdan
as Malcolm X
Brandon Smith
as Bill Barnstable
Darryl Cox
as Howard Cosell
Jerry Haynes
as Jimmy Cannon
Rodger Boyce
as Bill McDonald
Vince Davis
as Izzy Sharnik
Blue Deckert
as Gorgeous George
Jason Winer
as Robert Lypsite
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