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on November 9, 2014
A classic documentary (copyright 1996) of the famous fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire in which the dictator Mobutu Sese Seko personally promised both fighters $5 million apiece, regardless of who won.

I had always avoided watching boxing, until a number of worthy films with boxing themes convinced me that sometimes the drama of it is worth viewing.

The dust jacket refers to this as Ali "at the peak of his triumphant career". I think that is hardly true; he had already served prison time as a refusal to be inducted for the Vietnam War; the extra age and being out of competition ages 25-29 were substantial setbacks to his career. Nevertheless he still remains the only person to have won the World Heavyweight Champion boxing award
three times: against Sonny Liston, George Foreman and the lesser Leon Spinx.

In Zaire essentially nobody but Ali himself thought that he could beat George Forman. Ali was significantly slower than earlier in his career. Two boxers he had fought in the past, Frazier and Norton, had each beaten Ali in the past; George Foreman had knocked them both out in round 2 in fights with them. In 1974 Ali was already 32; Foreman was in fine shape at age 25, and is still considered the ninth most powerful puncher in all of boxing history. Perhaps Ali himself didn't think he could win the fight,
though he would never admit that in public. Yet he did. As Foreman later admitted, "He out-thought me and out-fought me..."

This is a great documentary of the fight between two great boxers, with very different styles both in the ring and overall life. Definitely worth watching.
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on July 1, 2016
7/1/16 "A classic" : non-fiction,of Muhammad Ali with *so many* fine extras : * film spoken in English, closed caption in French and Spanish(with the option to turn on the other side for English closed caption) , *the many great interviews,celebrity appearances and performances , magnificent photos of people of Zaire and places in Zaire.and many minutes of performances of boxers and scenes with Ali with his sparring partners...much footage was of Ali and George Foreman boxing bout in Zaire"......Mohammad Ali is shown often in the perspective of one of his many goals to be a fine example to youth (e.g. advising them to stay away from candy and drugs); his focuses were on religion, politics, and sports ... and thinking in terms of "we" not "me"...abj
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on November 1, 2016
Truly an excellent documentary, this film captures the incredible boxing confrontation between Muhammad Ali and George Forman on October 30, 1974 in Zaire for the heavyweight championship of the world. Part of what made this film great is the overwhelming odds for George to win and the courage of Ali facing seemingly impossible chances as he worked on his hand speed, endurance, poetry, and plotting his strategy. There is little doubt Ali came into the ring with a secret plan, The film captures the shock that swept through the commentators when George went to the canvas. The film creates a good overview of the country of Zaire and it's people. The film reveals the great music of the event, including the heart retching song for which the movie was named. My only regret is director Leon Gast chose to cutout portions of the fight rather than showing to whole thing. If the whole fight were shown, it would reveal how the tide turned to Ali in the fight, showing how George tired as he flailed away against a hard to hit opponent, perhaps the greatest defensive fighter of all time. Congratulations to all who worked on this film.
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on August 29, 2015
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 "Rope-a-Dope_ strategy. He knew what he was up against. Foreman pounched a heavy bag and left a hole in it. Ali's handlers made sure Ali didn't see Foreman working out. Also, it is a musical extravaganza and cultural showpiece for Africa
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on September 3, 2014
This film is about the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship fight staged between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974. But it's much more than a boxing feature, more than the iconography that surrounds boxing, it details an amazing "boys own" story of an adventure. It's near the top of my list of favourite documentaries.

It's easy to forget how brilliant Muhammad Ali was, both as a boxer and as a media icon. This documentary, deserved of its Academy Award, shows the man and the myth at his peak and paints a vivid picture of one of the 20th century's most fascinating and dynamic sporting chapters. The Ali-Foreman "Rumble in the Jungle" stands apart from the rest of boxing, the rest of sport. The music's great too.
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on January 20, 2017
I've always been a huge fan of MA so there's no need to claim objectivity here. I'm sold on this documentary and the way it tells the story of the historic and improbable, implausible victory over George Foreman.
There is no doubt in my mind about MA's greatness in so many ways. I wish we had more like him these days and less turds. Flying turds.
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on October 31, 2015
Maybe the best sports documentary ever. Very inspiring underdog story with all real footage and interviews. The one small issue I'd take with it, is that I'm a big boxing fan and there could have been a little more straight footage of the actual fight. Other than that it's a flawless movie that is reallly inspiring.
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on June 30, 2014
This is a great movie. It really tells the story of this great fight in a comprehensive way and presents a fascinating portrait of Ali. Well worth watching for the content.

However, the transfer is awful. The widescreen version is a window boxed version which has to be zoomed to be seen in the proper format. Combined with the low quality of the basic transfer, this is a painful watch as far as video quality goes. When the movie first came out there was a better transfer on Laserdisc.
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on May 17, 2017
This film shows the international impact that the thrilla in manila had between the great Muhammad Ali and George Forman. A must have for all sports fans!
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on April 27, 2017
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