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The Trials of Muhammad Ali 2013 NR CC

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No conventional sports documentary, THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI examines how one of the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th century risked his fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, Ali found himself in the center of America's controversies over race, religion, and war.

Starring:
Eamonn Andrews, Muhammad Ali
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Sports, Military & War, Documentary
Director Bill Siegel
Starring Eamonn Andrews, Muhammad Ali
Supporting actors David Susskind, George W. Bush, Louis Farrakhan, Rahaman Ali, Gordon B. Davidson, Bill Faversham, W.L. Lyons Brown, Alberta Jones, Abdul Rahman, Salim Muwakkil, Malcolm X, Abdul Bey Muhammad, Elijah Muhammad, Martin Luther King, Khalilah 'Belinda' Ali, Robert Lipsyte, Jerry Lewis, Sonny Liston
Studio Kino Lorber
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andre M. on June 19, 2014
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The outstanding 1970 documentary "AKA Cassius Clay" (which told his story up to Vietnam before his conviction was overturned) and this are all you really need to learn about Muhammad Ali on DVD.

Ali's story is quite complex, given that the generation of the Jim Crow and Vietnam eras are aging and historical context is needed to fully "get" Ali and his story, but this documentary does a good job in going where few have fone before.

The clips are magnificent, especially a couple of really touching moments with Ali and Martin Luther King and his wife. There are a couple of horrifying moments, one where David Susskind makes a brutally nasty verbal attack on Ali (I would have loved to have seen Ali's response), and after his former friend Malcolm X was killed, Ali makes a really mean statement which essentially says that Malcolm had it coming for challenging Elijah Muhammad (the DVD does make clear that Ali would later renounce such teachings). However, one scene is taken fatr out of context. We see a 1963 clip of Jerry Lewis dismissing Ali as a windbag and telling him to shut up. The manner in which this is edited looks shocking and vile on the DVD, but looking at the actual interview in its entirety on (a certain popular website known for sundry clips of movies and videos) makes it clear that Ali and Jerry are joking and appear to actually like each other.

Anothe rthing this DVD proves is that he admits himself, Ali was one of the few athletes of his time that was as interesting outside of sporting venues as he was inside, something that is rare to non-existant today

Along with these two DVDs mentioned here, I would also recommend Thomas Hauser's bios of Ali to gain a full portrait of one of the most interesting people of the last half century..
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sadat spencer on February 8, 2014
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In depth picture of what made muhammad ali the great man he was...fascinating! !!!!! Best documentary o have seen on ali
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bummi n anderson on February 10, 2014
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Excellent film! Told exceptionally and gave us a inside view of Ali's courage. The inclusion of Louis Farrakhan is a gem!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michele Hallett on January 30, 2014
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From the opening scene you won't be able to stop watching. An important story about a man with widespread impact.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on February 2, 2014
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I never knew that Ali had such a tough time after he came out against the draft. It was really interesting.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By daniel mujahid on April 19, 2014
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Although the challenges in his career are inspiring in their own rites (racism, former American ignorance of religion of Al-Islam, economic hardship, etc.), I am fascinated with the greater story which connects his trials with the plight of other disenfranchised human beings (race, religion, gender, age, even caste).

He could not have known he would win the battles in and out of the ring... his faith is admirable and a benchmark for human endeavors. He maintained a humble disposition, despite his universal recognition and appeal, even before his illness took its toil.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dee J. on April 4, 2014
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I realize that a lot of people consider boxing to be Neanderthal nonsense, but if you ARE going to watch anything about the subject, I think that most people would have to admit that Muhammad Ali has led a fascinating life and is quite a character!

I was even more interested in watching this documentary when I learned that the Kino label would be releasing it; their other work has been top notch.

Even if Ali is one of those guys you "love to hate," The Trials of Muhammad Ali is a stand-out piece of work!
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Excellent documentary. I recommended to my family and friends. I was able to relive the 60ths and 70ths through this movie. Thanks for sharing .
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