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Muhammad Ali. He is known as the most thrilling athlete of all time... he is known as The Greatest. The remarkable story of how he became one of the most loved, hated, intriguing, and controversial figures in American history is brought to life in the 6-hour series, Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story.

You will follow Muhammad Ali from his days as Cassius Clay growing up in Lousiville, Kentucky, to the pinnacle of his amateur career as the light-heavyweight gold medallist in the 1960 Rome Olympics. You will witness Ali's stunning victory over Sonny Liston to become the youngest Heavyweight Champion of the World and then experience his painful struggle to regain his title--a title taken from Ali because his religious beliefs precluded him from entering the Vietnam War. His is a story which fascinates both sports and non-sports lovers alike.

Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story contains 3 hours of exclusive footage of all Ali's greatest and most important fights. You will be ring-side for his famous battles with Ken Norton, "The Rumble in the Jungle" with George Foreman, and the "Thrilla in Manila" with Jor Frazier... it's a boxing fan's dream come true. This unique documentary chronicles the life of a man who, through his amazing athletic talent, brash and outspoken personality, courage, and personal convictions, not only changed the world of sports but the entire world around him. Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story will be one of the most talked about collector's series of all time.


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  • Actors: Muhammad Ali, Khalilah 'Belinda' Ali, Rahaman Ali, Julian Bond, Oscar Brown Jr.
  • Directors: Joseph Consentino, Sandra Consentino
  • Writers: Lonnie Reed, Jim Donaldson, Mark King
  • Producers: Joseph Consentino, Carl H. Lindahl, Lonnie Reed
  • Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: December 18, 2001
  • Run Time: 346 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RY9P
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,031 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Muhammad Ali - The Whole Story" on IMDb

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Buster Paris on August 4, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I popped some popcorn and settled onto my couch - and was blown away - watched the entire thing in 1 day
Some of the rarest and greatest footage I've ever seen!
It felt like a treat to watch the fights I've only read about - I watched both Liston fights! - how many people can say that?
As the fights are concerned - you get to see them! - you get to watch Ali dance and dance - you get to watch him float like a butterfly and sting like a bee - you get to watch him apply his craft - I've never seen the amount of Ali fights as I did on the day I watched these videos. To be fair - some of the fights you only get a couple of important rounds - but as a whole this is the greatest of any Ali VHS/DVD I've ever seen.
You get to see some others interviewed about Muhammad Ali - from his brother - To Angelo Dundee - to Malcolm X - it' just incredable the amount of footage that this makes available to you.
I know it's said a lot, but if you're an Ali fan you HAVE to own this...you have to!
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Alan S Wilson on January 23, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I bought the DVD version of this collection. It contains all 6 1 hour episodes and I'll tell ya, I enjoyed every minute. I recently saw the Ali movie, 3-times I might add...and this Set makes the movie look like nothing!
I was hoping that this set would have some good video footage of his most famous fights, some good insight into his life, and some good commentary. I wasn't sure if I should get it. Boy am I happy I did.
This set has so much footage of his fights it is amazing. They show nearly all of the Ali-Frazier I fight. They even show some of the Thrilla in Manila! They show the entire Rumble in the Jungle with Foreman. They show footage from 2 of his fights with Kenny Norton! They show clips of his fight with Holmes! They show him as an amateur, his first pro fight! They show him fight on his way to his first title. They show both Liston fights...I could go on!
What an amazing collection of footage. Then the commentary! Wow! His past handlers, his brother, Angelo Dundee, sports writers from the 60's and 70's...all these guys give commentary throughout the 6 episodes that carry you from fight to fight.
It is an amazing journey to sit and watch all 6 hours. I loved it! After watching this I really feel like I know the real Ali. What a great Set!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 9, 2005
Format: DVD
When you pose with Muhammad Ali for photographs what he likes to do is have you make a fist and put it up against the side of the face while he assumes a boxing pose, so you look like you are landing a heavy blow against the only man ever to win the heavyweight boxing title three times. However, when it was my turn to pose there was no way on earth I was going to pretend I was beating up on the Champ, so I just wanted to shake hands. This gave Ali a chance to give me bunny ears.

"Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story" is a six-part documentary that chronicles legendary career: (1) "The Beginning: Olympic Gold" covers his years as an amateur. There is very little about Ali's career before he began boxing (one of the stories his mother tells is how as a baby he hit her in the mouth and loosened a tooth: "his first knockout" she says proudly). (2) "The Youngest Heavyweight" looks at the start of Cassius Clay's professional career, leading up to his winning the heavyweight crown from Sonny Liston. (3) "Exile" contrasts Muhammad Ali's title defenses with the rises problems tied to both his conversion to Islam and his refusal to be drafted, which ends with him being stripped of his title.

Disc B begins with (4) "The Road Back," where it takes three years for Ali to get another fight, culminating in losing his first fight to Joe Frazier. (5) "The Rumble in the Jungle" ends with Ali winning back the title from George Foreman, after breaking his jaw and losing to Ken Norton.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 2003
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If you're a fan of the great Muhammad Ali, or have an interest in boxing history, or even just an interest in a fascinating period in American history, this 6-tape set (just under six hours total) will be worth the price. It contains a lot of rare footage of Ali in and out of the ring, as well as insightful commentaries by Angelo Dundee and others who knew him best. Of course it's impossible to separate Ali from his social impact and the turbulent times he lived in during his boxing days, and those are certainly covered in this set, but the main emphasis is really on his remarkable boxing career. Aside from his legendary fights with Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, Ken Norton and George Foreman, there's extensive footage of many less-famous fights with boxers like Henry Cooper, Floyd Patterson, Archie Moore, George Chuvalo, Ernie Terrell, Jerry Quarry, Oscar Bonavena, and so on, and even his Olympic and early progessional fights. If you'd like the most complete Ali documentary available, this is the one you're looking for.
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