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Movie synopsis
Michael Mann's ALI manages to be an informative look at the career of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali and an entertaining and moving portrait of the man. The action begins with the brash young Cassius Clay's surprising victory over Sonny Liston. The film depicts Clay's conversion to Islam, his partnership with "Bundini" Brown (Jamie Foxx in a wonderfully complex turn), his friendship with Howard Cosell (a transformed Jon Voight), his principled refusal to serve in the military during Vietnam, and his subsequent problems with the law and the boxing commission. The film concludes with Ali's battle with George Foreman in the "Rumble in the Jungle." Will Smith delivers a worthy performance, transforming his body, face, and voice to capture the spirit of the charismatic fighter. The work of the supporting cast is superb, including Smith's real-life wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Marvin Gaye's daughter, Nona Gaye, as the women in Ali's life. Mann brings the viewer in close to the boxing action, effectively depicting Ali's unique grace and quickness, and the violent frenzy of the sport. The film shows the familiar public figure of fights and press conferences, and also gives a glimpse of the quiet, thoughtful private life of Ali.

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • Features: Letterboxed
  • Sound: Stereo Sound
  • UPC: 043396066892

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Genre:Dramas
Format:DVD

Director:Michael Mann
Leading Role:Will Smith, Jon Voight
eBay Product ID: EPID3374850

Editorial reviews

"...ALI is a breakthrough for director Michael Mann....His overwhelming love of its subject will turn audiences into exuberant, thrilled fight crowds..."
New York Times - Elvis Mitchell (12/25/2001)

"...Dazzling....As Ali, Will Smith undergoes the kind of astonishing self-transformation that makes you blink, then stare..."
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (01/04/2002)

"...Smith gives a towering performance, defiantly funny and impassioned....Mann and Smith deliver this powerhouse with the urgency of a champ's left hook..."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (01/17/2002)

"...Smith is undeniably excellent in the role, capturing the essence of Ali's character....Other supporting performers are equally convincing..."
Box Office - Wade Major (02/01/2002)

"...Smith has nailed the voice, the charm, the body language -- he has, in short, become Ali as much as any actor possibly could..."
Total Film - George Kiritopoulos (03/01/2002)

"...Will Smith embodies the public Ali with supreme confidence, bringing the familiar routines to his life without falling back on mere impersonation..."
Sight and Sound - John Wrathall (03/01/2002)

"...The film possesses an informed, intelligent perspective..."
Variety - Todd McCarthy (12/17/2001)

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Created: 03/17/10

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Review For: Ali (DVD, 2002)

Ali is a substantial biopic that follows the career of Cassius Clay aka Muhammad Ali from 1964--when he took the world heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston--to 1974, when he took it back from George Foreman in Zaire. Along the way, the film looks at Ali's three marriages and his problematic involvement with the Nation of Islam, which inspires him to change his name, get rid of his first wife (Jada Pinkett Smith) and turn his back on old ally Malcolm X (Mario Van Peebles).
For a fiercely independent person, Michael Mann's Ali has a knack of alienating those who genuinely love him, while chasing the approval of dubious father figures such as the Reverend Elijah Mohamed, Don King and President Mobutu. Although Ali is not a hagiography--Mann urging Will Smith to get into the many layers of Ali, from the mouthy public face to the quieter private person--the question of whether either of the Liston fights were fixed isn't even raised, and the fall of Ali's career is left out in favour of a climax that draws heavily from the documentary When We Were Kings. Mann is as interested in the politics as he is in the sport (which leaves actors like Ron Silver as the coach short-changed), offering occasional cutaways to the government spies and plants in the black movements. More knockout blows are offered in the speeches than in the ring. --Kim Newman

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Created: 06/06/13

Ali (DVD, 2002)

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Review For: Ali (DVD, 2002)

The life story of heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, following the champ's early days as Cassius Clay and his rise in sports and politics, including his controversial refusal to fight in the Vietnam War and his infamous comeback battles against Joe Frazier and George Foreman. Smith gives a towering performance, defiantly funny and impassioned. This movie is a winning TKO.

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Created: 05/27/12

Well worth the 3 Bucks I paid. Will Smith TRUELY captured Ali in the ring!

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Review For: Ali (DVD, 2002)

I remember Mr. C. Clay as a boy listening to his early fights in the night with my small transistor radio hidden in my pillow case. I remember when he changed his name to M. Ali. My Step Father followed Ali's career and I too watched every fight as well as his H. Cosell interviews. Will Smith has seriously "nailed" what I knew of Ali. This movie is quite confusing, and hard to follow. There was much that I did not know about Ali's life, the infidelity, the struggles over his name change, the odd connections, etc. My wife and I found the movie to be difficult to follow at times, but still a good movie. Through W. Smith's excellent acting, wonderful memories came back as he portrayed the humor and personality of Ali quite well from the "sting/move/lean back" to the "roper dope" he did a fine job in this movie of "becoming" the man Ali was in the ring. Two thumbs up for Smith, and one thumb down for the confusion.

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Created: 02/23/10

Smith's Best Film

Review For: Ali (DVD, 2002)

This movie is by far the best film that Will Smith has ever starred in. I have watched it numerous times and still find the movie inspiring and entertaining.

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Created: 05/26/09

Great Movie!

Review For: Ali (DVD, 2002)

Great movie...He portrayed Ali well. Good intertainment. I love watching Will Smith movies...I usually get into his character as much as he does.

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