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Desson Howe - Weekend section, "Required viewing."

Rita Kempley - Style section, "Muhammad Ali ... is caught at the top of his game."


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This movie won the 1996 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature


'When We Were Kings'

Scene from this movie This documentary about Muhammad Alis historic fight with George Foreman in Zaire in 1974 shows us a champion with grace, charm, an oversized ego, formidable fighting skills, a cheekily inspired sense of poetry, political savviness, religious conviction and defiantly independent opinions.

The two fighters arrived in the African country for the fight of the century and a combined purse of $10 million. For Ali, beating Foreman (the reigning champion) would cap a laborious comeback. A former champ himself, hed been stripped of his title for refusing military service. Hed also been forced into retirement. But after beating the draft-evasion conviction, as well as heavy-hitters Joe Frazier and Ken Norton (both after rematches), he was back for glory. -- Desson Howe
Rated PG


Director: Leon Gast
Cast: Muhammad Ali; George Foreman; Howard Cosell; James Brown; B.B. King; Norman Mailer; George Plimpton
Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes