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Thrilla in Manila
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2009
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Even after all these years, someone wants to save face for Muhammad Ali. The footage of his legs buckling in Round 11 of the first fight, and the knockdown in Round 15, seen in the HBO Special, is suppressed in this documentary and replaced by still footage. Also lost is Frazier's commentary on the punches.

Someone complained, someone pulled strings, and the HBO Special is not shown in its integral form. This is very sad.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2009
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i saw this on HBO and it was awesome so i bought it and there were a couple parts i think they edited out like when one of joe fraizer's corner men was talking about the first ali fraizer fight they cut out a hilarious climactic part. and they took out all the footage from the first fight when joe knocked ali down and replaced it with pictures. that pissed me off.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2012
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Bought this as a gift thinking the main focus would be on the fight with some interviews regarding the fight, etc. To my surprise this actually turned out to be a sad documentary focusing on Joe Frazier. If you're an Ali fan, this documentary will probably change your view of him while watching, because of his emotional affect on Frazier. The bottom line is that no matter how well you like Ali, you can't help but feel sorry for Frazier. Overall, this is a good, emotional documentary. Had the right amount of fight footage and thank goodness some light/funny moments.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2009
I caught a bit of this on HBO a couple months ago and wanted to see more. I got the DVD and - wow - its amazing how much this really takes you back to a different world and time. I had always been a big Ali fan because he was so good at getting out there and marketing himself but this really put a light on alot of stuff that has been swept under the rug.

Plus the physicality of the whole fight itself - how it went the full rounds and the ending - well you have to see it to know.

Wish there were more extras because Frazier comes off as such a nice guy - a bit bitter but understandably so. This is a must see ofr anyone - really the boxing is so secondary - am getting a copy for my dad for father's day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2011
The stretch of history this intriguing documentary covers gives real punch to the painful story of Muhammed Ali and his rival, Joe Frazier. It was a period of national turmoil and in the case of Messrs. Ali and Frazier a turbulent rivalry that outlasted many of our national disputes. This documentary is painful and very personal. There is punishing footage as well as present day commentary on the private battles of Joe Frazier. The tendency of any filmmaker whose subject screams is rarely to pull back and give us a crisp narrative, but here he succeeds. By so doing, the personalities of both men rise to take center stage. For the viewer, this documentary is one that will not be easily forgotten. For students of documentary studies, it is essential.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2011
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An outstanding documentary. This production does not glamorize Muhammad Ali yet, his greatness is undeniable as always. It tells an important, differently heroic story of Joe Frazier, who was a warrior and a true champion. Sadly, some of this was difficult to watch because of how candid the interviews are and how deep the rivalry, or hatred is. Whether you appreciate the Muhammad Ali legacy, the Ali/Frazier rivalry, or a fresh Joe Frazier perspective on the rivalry and the Thrilla In Manilla in particular, or just a great true story in general, add this to your collection. It is excellent.
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on August 1, 2014
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I saw the fight (but missed the behind the scene, which means I saw nothing). I thought it was ONE of the memories of my youth. I talked and even argued about the Fight. I read the book by Muhammad Ali "Sting Like A Bee" several times. But when I saw 30 for 30 reporting this even...I was stunned when I saw the "Love Fest" between the 2 men.
I can't measure the greatness in the way the behind the scene reporting you gave me Much Respect for those 2 men. I've watch the tape Over and Over, and still feel like its the first day in school. Ali and Frazier are still Men amongst Boys. There are NOW like them today. Both were knocked but both got up.
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on October 22, 2013
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listend to this fight "live" on the radio while on guard duty at fort sam houston, texas, back in the day!!!
great fight on the radio.

marvelous fight AND story on DVD!!!
a
MUST SEE
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on August 7, 2013
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All these years I felt we never got to see that whole rivalry from Frazier's point of view. Finally we do.
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on June 7, 2013
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as another reviewer said, some scenes were cut, most notably from ali frazier I. also, the narrator is british, and not nearly as effective as the original HBO narrator, an american who also does the 24/7 shows. still a good documentary, just not as good as the HBO one, unfortunately.
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