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||IMDB Rating: 8.0/10 from 12 votes
||Release: 17 April 1997 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Documentary, History, Sport
||Stars: B.B. King, Don King, Drew Bundini Brown, George Foreman, George Plimpton, James Brown, Lloyd Price, Malick Bowens, Miriam Makeba, Mobutu Sese Seko, Muhammad Ali, Norman Mailer, Spike Lee, The Spinners, Thomas Hauser
||Synopsis: It's 1974, Muhammed Ali is 32 and thought by many to be past his prime. George Forman is ten years younger and the Heavyweight champion of the world. Promoter Don King wants to make a name for himself and offers both fighters five million dollars apiece to fight one another, and when they accept, King has only to come up with the money. He finds a backer in Mobutu Sese Suko, the dictator of Zaire and the "Rumble in the Jungle" is set. A musical festival, featuring the America's top black performers, like James Brown and B.B. King, is also planned. Written by Gary Dickerson <[email protected]>
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This is one of the most inspirational films I have seen in quite some
time. I remember when this film was given the Academy award for best
documentary, and hearing criticisms from some in the so-called
"liberal" press (a reason to knock down this straw-man theory) that the
film as undeserving of this title. Well after just seeing the film on
video and reading some other comments from IMDb users claiming the same
thing, I will have to outright disagree.
The point of this film was not about the fight itself or George Forman,
(yes he played a role) as some have argued it should have. It was about
the symbolism that this fight possessed, especially revolving around
Muhammad Ali' and the causes he fought for. Recently ESPN selected the
top 100 Athletes of all time (well they should have said American
Athletes, but that's our American arrogance for you) and Ali was picked
third behind Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan. The definition of "greatest
athlete" is ambiguous, but in my mind Ali, through this film and my
recent is truly, "The greatest" as he so claimed.
The film did an excellent job of getting as much footage as possible of
all that occurred during the preparation that led to the fight and how
it symbolized the joining of black people in America and Africa for a
common cause in defeating their oppressors (US - white supremacy, and
in Africa - European Colonialism). (which was clearly the main focus of
the film) Yes, their were flaws in the film, and it was carried by the
narration, Ali's unbelievably charismatic personality, and the numerous
intelligent quotes that were made by him.
But those that wish to criticize the "music" as they call it, clearly
have NO UNDERSTANDING OF BLACK CULTURE. This film was a celebration of
it, focusing on GREAT MUSICIANS such as James Brown and B.B. King.
These artists represent a significant part of black American culture,
and knowing how important it probably was to all of those black
Americans to go to Africa to spite the white American culture (which
wanted the fight there), which they felt used them, was something that
Before seeing this film I knew little about the "Rumble in the Jungle,"
and little about Ali, but after seeing this film, I have come to
realize that he really was "the greatest."
Tags for When We Were Kings Full Movie
, Don King
, Drew Bundini Brown
, George Foreman
, George Plimpton
, James Brown
, Lloyd Price
, Malick Bowens
, Miriam Makeba
, Mobutu Sese Seko
, Muhammad Ali
, Norman Mailer
, Spike Lee
, The Spinners
, Thomas Hauser
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