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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.Read more ›
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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The documentary was especially fun for me because I got to see most of those fights when they happened. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert O.
Liked this documentary so much after seeing it on cable that I bought it for my old man.Published 2 months ago by Jman
So very good.
Social and political context adds strength to the individuals.