Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013)
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as Kevin Connolly
as John Harlan II
as Thurgood Marshall
as Harry Blackmun
as Warren E. Burger
as William O. Douglas
as Hugo Black
as Potter Stewart
as Bryon "Whizzer" White
as William Brennan Jr.
as Covert Becker
as Sam Edelstein
as Ethel Harlan
Critic Reviews for Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
All in all, it's a worthy subject to be sure. It just probably isn't the subject you might have expected.
Whether the film gets all the nuances right is hard for civilians to say. But round for round, the fight is surprisingly lively.
The actors make Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight seem better than it is, but the real Ali, with all his youth, vigor, bravado and passion, convinces us that he and his case deserved much better.
It's a Supreme Court movie that even the most fervent SCOTUS junkies might find underwhelming.
Filled with interesting tidbits, director Stephen Frears' film never quite coalesces - floating like a butterfly, all right, but delivering so little sting as to barely leave a mark.
Audience Reviews for Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
As someone who was not familiar with the case this movie was so intriguing and educational. It was also delightful to see the performance by such great actors as well.
I'm sure the moviemakers decided to leave off the second half of the real title they wanted to put in because it would've made it too long: "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fightâ¦ And the Doddering, Out-of-Touch, Old Farts That He Decided to Fight Against". Yeah, sure. Is this a great topic to pick apart in a movie in the modern era? In the modern era? Sure. Is it a good idea with this topic to splice archival footage with current portrayals of the powers that be? Yes, it is. But spending the first 45 minutes of the movie doing nothing but painting the Supreme Court Justices of that era as narcissistic reasons for mandatory early retirement completely eliminated the objectivity factor for anyone wanting an accurate portrayal of what was going on at that time for this movie. Is it possible that the justices were as hoity-toity, closed-minded, racist, and secretly horny as the movie portrayed? Surely. Is it possible that Ali was as perfectly honest and innocent in his motives as the movie wanted you to believe? Yes. But unfortunately, if you didn't do your homework on this topic prior to watching this, then the slanted propaganda that you witnessed over this hour and 45 minutes won't do anything to properly form a decision on this subject in your head.
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