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Ali
R
159 minutes
Drama
2001

Will Smith gives a stunning performance portraying boxing legend Muhammad Ali in this biopic from acclaimed director Michael Mann. Mann gives the film a specific timeline, 1964-1974, tracing Ali's life and career from the early Cassius Clay days to his involvement in the Nation of Islam and his controversial refusal to join the US military. The film culminates with the dramatic final showdown in Zaire against George Foreman, "The Rumble in the Jungle." The film gives the viewer an eye-opening, personal look at key events in Ali's life, his friendships with Malcolm X (Mario Van Peebles) and TV broadcaster Howard Cosell (Jon Voight), and many intimate moments including the night Ali meets his wife, played by Smith's real life wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. For his uncanny portrayal of Howard Cosell, Voight earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar® nomination as did Will Smith for Best Actor.

Cast
Will Smith
Cassius Clay / Cassius X / Muhammad Ali
Jamie Foxx
Drew 'Bundini' Brown
Jon Voight
Howard Cosell
Mario Van Peebles
Malcolm X
Ron Silver
Angelo Dundee
Jeffrey Wright
Howard Bingham
Mykelti Williamson
Don King
Jada Pinkett Smith
Sonji Roi
Director
Michael Mann
Writer
Story by Gregory Allen Howard; Screenplay by Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson, Eric Roth, and Michael Mann
Executive Producer
Howard Bingham, Lee Caplin, Graham King
Producer
Paul Ardaji, A. Kitman Ho, James Lassiter, Michael Mann, Jon Peters
Facts
Country USA
Language English
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