Thriller in Manila (2008)
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Critic Reviews for Thriller in Manila
Unavoidably fascinating, especially for fight fans, due to the participation of Frazier and other survivors of the era.
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.
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.
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.
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