Thriller in Manila (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Thriller in Manila (2008)





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Movie Info

Chronicles the 1975 match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
Art House & International , Documentary
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Critic Reviews for Thriller in Manila

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Unavoidably fascinating, especially for fight fans, due to the participation of Frazier and other survivors of the era.

Full Review… | January 30, 2009
Top Critic

Whether it is due to the almost-pantomime way that Ali is vilified throughout, without suitable riposte, or the quasi-grotesque manner in which Frazier comes across on screen, the overall resolution is one of melancholy and not, sadly, of triumph.

Full Review… | May 3, 2014
What Culture

Perhaps Thriller in Manila will set the record straight.

Full Review… | January 20, 2009
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Thriller in Manila


One of boxing's best documentaries is the story of one of the sport's greatest rivalries. The Ali-Frazier battles went beyond the inherent emotions of the fight game; they represented the socio/racial/political struggle that defined what America was experiencing in the 1970s. The film chastises Ali for his viscious verbal attacks on Frazier and touches on how the Nation of Islam may have exploited the self-proclaimed "Greatest," for financial and political gain. Watching this film you can't help but root for Frazier who not only lost two of the three fights with Ali but failed to win the respect of a nation that poured its adulation on Ali. Whether you like boxing or not, this is a documentary worthy of your time.

Aldo Gandia
Aldo Gandia

Super Reviewer


A fascinating glimpse into one of boxing's greatest bouts. Thriller in Manila deconstructs the mystique of Ali while showcasing the latter day struggles of Frazier.

Jeff Dickerson
Jeff Dickerson

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