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The film chronicles Cassius Clay s arrival in Miami in the fall of 1960 (fresh from earning an Olympic gold medal in the Rome Olympics), his life in Overtown when that neighborhood was still considered Harlem South, a vibrant center of black entertainment and commerce and his affiliation with the famed Fifth Street Gym on Miami Beach. Over the course of the next few years coinciding with the height of the national civil rights movement Clay evolved both professionally and politically, piling up victories in the ring and adopting the black separatist teachings of the Nation of Islam. As Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami makes clear, it was in this period that Cassius Clay, in essence, became Muhammad Ali.
Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami combines original footage with interviews of Ali confidantes Angelo Dundee (his trainer) and Ferdie Pacheco (his fight doctor), Ali s Miami neighbors, former Overtown residents, and sportswriters and photographers who covered the young phenom, as well as such nationally recognized figures as best-selling Ali biographer Thomas Hauser, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Remnick, and Columbia University historian Manning Marable. The film also includes a consideration of Ali s friendship with Malcolm X, his famed encounter with the Beatles, his dramatic victory over heavyweight champion Sonny Liston, and his subsequent refusal to fight in the Vietnam War all episodes which played out in Miami.
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In February 1964, the sports world witnessed Clay's incredible victory in Miami Beach over feared champion Sonny Liston and the world witnessed the birth of an icon who transcended the "sweet science," Muhammad Ali.
This PBS documentary chronicles an oftentimes overlooked period in the development of Clay the fighter and Ali the man during his years in the Fifth Avenue Gym and living in Miami's Overtown district, a thriving black community which carried the moniker, "Harlem south."
With special focus on legendary trainer Angelo Dundee and "The Fight Doctor," Dr. Ferdie Pacheco, the development of the extraordinary talents is shown like never before. Interviews with Overtown residents, neighbors and media members provides great insight in the growing social and political awareness of an athlete who had special focus in using his athletic prowess for a greater good.
Ali biographer Thomas Hauser and journalist David Remnick utilize a historical context to bring many elements of this fascinating story together.
Before he became king, a foundation was set in Miami. The legend comes to life like never before in this brilliant documentary.
If you're a student of Ali oeuvre like I am, you'll note that the material in this production hews closely to the ground covered in David Remnick's masterful King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero and photographer Flip Schulke's Muhammad Ali: The Birth of a Legend, Miami, 1961-1964. Both men appear as interview subjects herein, as does Ali's esteemed biographer, Thomas Hauser, New York Times sports journalist, Robert Lipsyte, and Columbia African-American Studies professor, Manning Marable. Marable - who passed away tragically last year on the eve of publication of his Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention - offers critical insight on the roots of Ali's involvement with the Nation of Islam and his personal connections to Malcolm X.
This 60-minute film could easily be six hours in length and no less fascinating, such is this man's rich early life.Read more ›
Program highlights include his relationship with Angelo Dundee, How he developed his persona, his two monumental and controversial fights with Sonny Liston, his association with the Nation of Islam, and his refusal to be inducted into the US Army.
For the boxing fan, who collects Ali memorabilia, this is probably a "must" video. For the casual fan of Ali, this will reveeal some of what made him special - his "roots", so to speak. I enjoyed the program and recommend it to others.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really well done documentary of a young man poised on the verge of greatness and destined to become a national treasure.Published on February 12, 2014 by Masked
This is an amazing documentary especially if you live in Miami like I do. I am an 8th grade teacher and show this to my students every year and they always love it!Published on October 29, 2013 by Warren Martin
After seeing a few Ali documentaries, I still find a spot for Made in Miami. A slightly different take, but still had interesting insights about our larger than life boxing... Read morePublished on June 14, 2012 by NoPushover
this is one of the great videos out about ali, he is an amazing person and this video brings it out his troubles with people who did like him nor understood his stand a must buy... Read morePublished on May 18, 2012 by milton g
A must have for Ali fan.. Reflections of his days in Miami's Liberty City. His new life, new trainer, Angelo Dundee, Drew Brown, Dr. Freddie Pocheco, and a host of other. Read morePublished on October 15, 2011 by Byron T. Robinson