When We Were Kings
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These are the obvious reasons to love this documentary. But there's also the very real political side; promoting a huge fight in a country ruled by an evil dictator; one who "sent a message" by rounding up a few thousand criminals, and killing them. So it's pretty damn interesting to see some drunken, coked up early 70s music promoter dealing with logistics in lovely Zaire.
I also love listening to what Foreman says, and doesn't say, as I think Norman Mailer mentions in the film. My favorite is when some silly reporter asks him if he thinks Ali will win the fight, or something like that.
"Could be, could be...But I don't think so."
Everything in this film is worthwhile. It even explores a bit of the underbelly of the beast; the world of Don King, boxing promoter, and amoral manipulator (well, I guess the two go hand in hand). And mention is made of Muhammad's current illness, with conflicting views of whether too many beatings took him down.
It's a film about all this and more. The story of Ali is exciting enough, with enough raw courage to put Rocky Balboa to shame. Add a quiet, dispondent, monster of an opponent, the king of sleaze, The Spinners, a sucubus, the evil dictator, George Plimpton, Norman Mailer, and others; and what do you have?
Worthwhile entertainment, my friend. On every level.
By the time Ali stepped into the ring, Foreman didn't stand a chance. Ali was almost a decade past his prime, and Foreman was in the middle of his, but Ali was about to shred him, and this is where this film falls short. The fight is simply not accurately depicted. The film focuses almost exclusively on Ali's rope-a-dope strategy. You are left with the impression that Ali was pounded on the ropes for 8 rounds, only to explode in a moment of glory, knocking out a tired and caught of guard Foreman. That is simply not the way it happened. There were 8 rounds in this fight, and Ali won all 8 of them. True, he did lay on the ropes a lot, but that was only a portion of his strategy. He demoralized Foreman by taking his best shots, and scoffing at them. Ali would taunt Foreman, "Is THAT all you got George?Read more ›
Now it's 1974, Muhammed Ali is 32 and thought to be well past his prime by the press and boxing world. Even his handlers feel Ali cannot beat Foreman and they fear Ali will be hurt badly by Foreman. Foreman is ten years younger and undefeated Heavyweight champion of the world, a title he appears to own for the next decade or more. Fight Promoter Don King offers both fighters a record 5 million dollars apiece to fight.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tells the story of the Championship fight between Champion George Foreman and Ali. Don King was able to get $10 million from Zaire so he was able to get everybody to go there. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ellison
Among the very best personal documentaries. Extraordinary throughout and on every count. Does justice to a personal hero of mine.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Maybe the best sports documentary ever. Very inspiring underdog story with all real footage and interviews. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rhonda
One of the great documentaries. Astonishingly, this wasn't released until almost twenty years after the famous "Rumble in the Jungle" Amazing demonstration of Ali's... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nino Deprophetis
A story of a man who refuse to let society look upon him and the race of people which he belong to as second class citizens.Published 7 months ago by Melvin Pleasant
Perhaps I should have read the description a little closer, but I was actually expecting to see the fight, not a bunch of people just talking about the fight. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Andrew Evans