When We Were Kings

When We Were Kings

DVD - 2005
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Looks at the 1974 fight set up by promoter Don King and backed by Mobutu Sese Suko, the dictator of Zaire, between Muhammed Ali, then 32 and thought to be past his prime, and George Forman, ten years younger and the heavyweight champion of the world.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, [2005]
ISBN: 9780783271194
0783271190
Branch Call Number: GV1132 .W445 1997
796.83
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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gates2
Nov 17, 2019

What a lot of fun and it's great to be reminded how much Ali was a shaper in the culture in the 60s and 70s. He was a hero to a lot of people though others felt he just a loud-mouth. This video shows the lead up to the big fight, deemed the Rumble in the Jungle, and is accessible enough for the casual viewer since it's not really a boxing movie. It presents the media hoopla over the event and the circus atmosphere leading up to the event. Interviews with members of the white press at the time and spends more time covering Ali than Foreman, though I don't know why.

But really glad I caught this and enjoyed it a lot.

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stk22
Jul 31, 2013

An instant classic documentary. I would guess this was my 5th viewing. The story centers around the fabled heavyweight battle between George Foreman, a man who at the time was seen as one of the most destructive heavyweights of all time, capable of stopping big talent with his ability to cut of the ring and swing nonstop, powerful haymakers at his hapless opponents - and the legendary Muhammad Ali, a matured but still quick opponent who was a heavy underdog but had completely and utterly endeared himself to the people of Zaire. Even if you care not one bit for boxing, you will still be caught up in the drama of this award winning documentary.

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Ichigaga
Aug 13, 2011

Spectacular. The film focuses on Ali (and for good reason), but time is spent on the overall event. Performances of the Spinners, James Brown, and BB King, all in their prime are amazing. Be sure to watch the interview with the director. His telling of the Oscar backstage scene with Forman helping Ali is...wow.

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