The Trials Of Muhammad Ali

2013

The Trials Of Muhammad Ali

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Director Bill Siegel doesn't explore any new boundaries of the documentary with The Trials of Muhammad Ali, but his subject is so inherently fascinating that the movie proves gripping in spite of its familiar beats.

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The Trials of Muhammad Ali is not a conventional sports documentary. Befitting its extraordinary and complex subject, the film examines Ali's life outside the ring, beginning with the announcement of his deeply held and controversial Islamic religious beliefs, and the decision to change his "white man's name" of Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali. The film explores his refusal to serve in the Vietnam war, even after his status as a conscientious objector was denied, on the grounds of protesting racial injustice at home, while capturing his passion and anger in interviews and television appearances culled from a rich variety of rare archival sources. (c) KinoLorber

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  • As with the best stories, "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" puts one man's story within a greater context. This is Ali's story, but it's America's story, too. Here, it's well told.

    December 19, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • The Trials of Muhammad Ali allows us a chance to see Muhammad Ali not as an icon but as a man willing to take a stand, even an unpopular one, for something that he believed in.

    November 11, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Conventional yet fascinating.

    November 8, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Ali's life has been recounted so many times that you'd think no one could come up with a fresh angle on it; documentary maker Bill Siegel succeeds, primarily by delving into the religious story, largely downplayed by the mainstream.

    November 7, 2013 | Full Review…
  • If you have fond memories of David Susskind's talk shows from the golden age of 1960s television, prepare to have them blasted away by this revealing documentary.

    October 31, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • There is history as it's remembered, and then there's history as it happened. This documentary gives us the latter, and it's a true education.

    October 24, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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