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Michael Mann


Will Smith
Jamie Foxx
Jon Voight
Mario Van Peebles
Ron Silver
Jeffrey Wright





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The life and times of Muhammad Ali. -- sapien

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Matthew Brady 05/08/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The life and times of Muhammad Ali whole life. Will smith gives a great job playing Muhammad Ali in the movie but i got to say that Muhammad at the first came off as a ass-hole and really unlikable, but as the movie went on his character didn't came of as a jerk.

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Ikkinbot 07/15/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Ali seems like a really interesting man, so I don't know why this movie is so boring. Will Smith's charm just doesn't shine through in this movie.

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Ichabod Crane 04/06/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Not much of a biopic of Ali. It mixes in a lot of things including quite a bit about Malcolm X, but nothing is in-depth enough to have any real meaning. The film follows Ali problems and his success but he never seemed to become a fully realized character. That is not helped by Smith's strange imitating performance that does not work well, and most of the time he gives the same uncaring look even in scenes that it makes no sense whatsoever. It needed a more in-depth look at Muhammad Ali, it is not just a glorification of him since he shows his poor treatment of his wives but it never really gets into that in any meaningful way either.

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06/05/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


Ali von Michael Mann ist ein viel zu langer, flacher und unerwartet leiser Film über Muhammad Ali. Mehr im Ton einer Elegie als dem eines euphorischen Boxerfilms. Spass macht das keinen, was vor allem an der Überlänge einiger Szenen liegt. Merkwürdigerweise hechelt Michael Mann dann wiederum durch andere Sequenzen, die mehr Tiefe bedürften. Alles in allem wirkt es wie ein unfertiger Film, der eigentlich noch einmal in den Schneideraum sollte. Nehmen wir mal die Szene, in der Ali nach Zaire fliegt für den "The Rumble in the Jungle". Eine Trainingsszene, die morgens beginnt und im Grunde stellvertretend für einen ganz normalen Tag im Leben des Boxers steht. Das geht dann so: Ali rennt und rennt und rennt. Und dann rennt er wieder. Zehn Jahre, die Zeit zwischen 1964 und 1974, erleb...


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02/28/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Ali" by Yojimbo

This biopic concentrates on the period between Muhammad Ali gaining the heavyweight championship of the world as Cassius Clay, through to when regained it at the "Rumble In The Jungle" ten years later. Will Smith (minus the face fuzz) was the obvious and perfect casting choice for a charming, charismatic motor-mouth and he is completely believable as the legendary fighter, but he is also surrounded by a supporting cast who are all knockout themselves; particularly an unrecognisable Jon Voigt as the sportscaster and long time friend Howard Cosell, Jamie Foxx as his junkie sidekick and even Mario Van Peebles proves he can actually act given the right material as Malcolm X. I would have liked to have seen more of the political climate during these years of the civil rights movement but Mann'...

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01/21/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Ali himself was more of a knockout

I remember when this movie came out there was all this hype. Will Smith was supposed to win an Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy, Tony, Teen Choice, Grammy, and everything else out there. To be quite honest, I saw this movie when it came about but completely forgot its exitence until I recently saw preview for it on HBO. This was definitely one of Smith's most forgettable movies. Not to say that he did a bad job; however, I think the movie itself lacked a lot of excitement and intensity. Muhammed Ali was the greatest boxer of his time. He was so outspoken and charged with energy. He had the whole butterfly and bee thing going on. There was no one else like him. So it's only natural that there should be a movie about him, right? Wrong. I think Hollywood made a mistake with this one. Watching old...

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