When We Were Kings

When We Were Kings

DVD - 1997
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The Academy award winning documentary about the Muhammad Ali-George Foreman "Rumble in the jungle" in 1974. The untold story of the Rumble in the Jungle. This film offers a ringside seat to witness every breath and drop of sweat between two all- time heavyweight champions. Training and boxing scenes are shown as well as Ali's frequent interactions with the Zairian people. Ali is shown to be an informed and principled man with a deep commitment to racial, religious and political justice.
Publisher: [S.l.] : PolyGram Video, c1997
Branch Call Number: DVD 796.83 Whe

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stk22
Jul 31, 2013

An instant classic documentary. I would guess this was my 5th viewing. The story centers around the fabled heavyweight battle between George Foreman, a man who at the time was seen as one of the most destructive heavyweights of all time, capable of stopping big talent with his ability to cut of the ring and swing nonstop, powerful haymakers at his hapless opponents - and the legendary Muhammad Ali, a matured but still quick opponent who was a heavy underdog but had completely and utterly endeared himself to the people of Zaire. Even if you care not one bit for boxing, you will still be caught up in the drama of this award winning documentary.

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Ichigaga
Aug 13, 2011

Spectacular. The film focuses on Ali (and for good reason), but time is spent on the overall event. Performances of the Spinners, James Brown, and BB King, all in their prime are amazing. Be sure to watch the interview with the director. His telling of the Oscar backstage scene with Forman helping Ali is...wow.

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