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Facing Ali

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He rocked the sport, shook the world, and changed their lives. Now, several decades after they met in the ring, ten of the sports finest fighters tell what it was like to battle Muhammad Ali, the man many consider the best boxer ever. This brutally honest documentary recounts Alis incomparable journey as seen through the eyes of those who stepped through the ropes and into history. Join these respected fighters as they weigh in on "The Greatest and pay tribute to a living legend in this powerful and unforgettable film.

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He rocked the sport, shook the world, and changed their lives. Now, several decades after they met in the ring, ten of the sport's finest fighters tell what it was like to battle Muhammad Ali, the man many consider the best boxer ever. This brutally honest documentary recounts Ali's incomparable journey as seen through the eyes of those who stepped through the ropes and into history. Join these respected fighters as they weigh in on "The Greatest" and pay tribute to a living legend in this powerful and unforgettable film.


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  • Actors: George Chuvalo, Henry Cooper, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes
  • Directors: Pete McCormack
  • Writers: Pete McCormack
  • Producers: Adam Voghell, Derik Murray, Kent Wingerak, Marcelle Pavan, Paul Gertz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: December 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002T9H2KG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,077 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Facing Ali" on IMDb

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There is no doubt whatsoever that Muhammad Ali is one of the most polarizing (and, yet, inspiring) figures in sporting history. Not only was he arguably the most talented pugilist in history, but his religious (Islam) and societal (Vietnam) stands are now legendary. This new documentary, however, carves out its own little niche in the history of Ali by telling his story not from his point of view, but from the men who battled him inside the ring.

This film really can work on two different levels:

First, for younger (or more "inexperienced" Ali viewers), it is fascinating to hear the thoughts of other fighters who stood toe-to-toe with the man. Whether it be his greatest nemesis (Joe Frazier), most spectacular upset (George Foreman), or just some guy from England (Sir Henry Cooper) that happened to land one solid punch, all the guests in this documentary have very interesting takes on "The Greatest". It is especially poignant to hear most (if not all) of the competitors thanking Ali for giving them their chance at greatness. For some, a fight against Ali helped put food on the table for their children, which is a side of boxing not often thought about.

For more "seasoned" Ali fans, who have likely heard and read it all about the man, this movie is still enjoyable due to that fact that you get to see all "the old gang" once again. Some guys (Cooper, Ron Lyle, Earnie Shavers) might bring back long-forgotten memories of the "golden age" of boxing, others (Frazier, Foreman) help you relive those epic battles, and one (George Chuvalo) will have you almost in tears from his genuiness.
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A wonderful documentary giving Ali's various opponents a moment to speak about how they felt fighting 'the greatest'. You get to hear some personal back story from the fighters. Normally you just see documentaries about how Ali did this and that, but you never get to hear the actual fighters talk, well, now you can... Its nostalgic to see these old men who were once on top of the world and now they are looking back at their past and reflecting. A must see. Of course there is plenty of 'the greatest' chattering away from past interviews and there is plenty of crystal clear footage of each fight mentioned. I'm glad this documentary was made. A real treasure in boxing documentation.
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I rented this movie from Netflix, and I've watched it three times, first by myself, the second and third time with other people that weren't particularly boxing fans or Ali fans. Everybody agreed that this was a fascinating film! It's about an hour and forty minutes long - about as long as a movie - but you won't believe how fast the time goes! Facing Ali is fascinating on several levels:

1) It gives very brief histories of the times at which particular fights took place, particularly from the black boxers' perspective; for example, Ali's importance to the black community of the 1960's.

2) I was surprised at how many of the boxers interviewed in this movie (all men who had faced Ali in the ring), had moments in the film where they talk about regretting actions of their youth, and how all of these guys - now older men - show such enlightenment that comes with maturing into older age.

3) The movie is a fascinating, deep, quite realization for the viewer of the frailty and passage of life as scenes of these once Herculean men of power, full of the arrogance of youth, with testosterone coursing through their veins, are interposed with the interviews of these now old men - wiser, deeper in character, grateful for the time of their youth and opportunities, and most importantly, not bitter about losses in the ring that could have and should have gone their way.

This is an excellent film, with a subtle, poignant message about the importance of enjoying life in its prime and being happy and thankful for opportunities, without bitterness, and later, enjoying your present life for the deeper understanding of the important things - life, family, and love.

Even if you're not a boxing fan or an Ali fan, watch this film! It will make a positive impact on your life for a long time to come!
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A number of reviewers lament that Ali's verbal pugilisms get a pass here. But recall that this is a film about the men who faced him in the ring, what it was like to do that, and how it changed the lives of those individuals. We learn about Ali as well, but not as though we've just watched an ESPN documentary. This film is profound and heart-felt because we learn about Ali and these former adversaries through their own intimate recollections, however altered by time, and emotion-laden perceptions. The interviews are clearly the emotional heart of the documentary and conjure up quite a few feelings for the viewer--sadness (over life's inevitable losses), admiration (that so many storms have been weathered), and gratitude (that feelings are being shared so authentically). Interestingly, these are the same emotions we see in the warriors being interviewed--sadness (emotionally identifying with Ali's current situation), admiration (for what Ali accomplished in and out of the ring), and gratitude (for the opportunity to fight the champ). This is no pity party however, and none of it is sappy or overwrought. There's no waxing on about the good old days; rather, this is a genuine slice of oral history. And McCormack captures in his subjects an eloquence and humanity that are at once humble and powerful. Archival footage is meticulously restored and seamlessly woven with the interviews and additional filming taking the viewer briefly into the current lives of the fighters. There's an undeniably shocking moment in the film, where your breath is knocked out of you, when George Chuvalo shares briefly on the tragedy in his life.Read more ›
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