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The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013)

The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Overview


Genre

Documentary

Release Date

August 23, 2013 (Limited)

Duration

92 min.

Studio

Kino Lorber

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Bill Siegel

Producer

Rachel Pikelny

Starring

Story


No conventional sports documentary, "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" investigates its extraordinary and often complex subject's life outside the boxing ring. From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, to his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War in the name of protesting racial inequality, to his global humanitarian work, Muhammad Ali remains an inspiring and controversial figure. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, Ali found himself in the center of America's controversies over race, religion, and war. From Kartemquin Films - makers of such acclaimed documentaries as "Hoop Dreams" and "The Interrupters" - and Academy Award-nominated director Bill Siegel ("The Weather Underground"), "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" examines how one of the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th century risked his fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..the film falls short of explaining Mr. Ali, who, like many outspoken individuals, can stubbornly repel scrutiny, nor will it pacify the many who opposed his conscientious objections..”
by Nicolas Rapold [New York Times]
“..the film focuses instead on his involvement with the Nation of Islam, his political activism, and his legal troubles..”
by Andrew Schenker [Village Voice]