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Ali

Director: Michael Mann     Starring: Will Smith Jon Voight
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40166689
UPC: 043396066892
UPC 14: 00043396066892
Category Keywords: Boxers  History  Theatrical Release  True Story
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A Michael Mann film.
Cassius clay was a smart-talking, fast-stepping ball of fire, in the ring, and out, who lit up professional sports in the 1960's, eventually dropping his slave name and becoming muhammad ali, and refusing to go to vietnam. Champion, leader, and media super-figure, ali was all four beatles wrapped in one.

"Will Smith is The Greatest!  Sara Edwards, NBC Boston
"Michael Mann and Will Smith punch their way to the bruised heart of a hero.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...the narrative is compelling, as are the performances.  James Berardinelli's ReelViews
"...an honest, richly detailed, gorgeous movie.  David Anson, Newsweek
"...captures the impact and charisma.  Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Will Smith is vastly impressive...  Danny Graydon, BBCi
"Michael Mann is a master filmmaker.  Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Editor's Note
Michael Mann's ALI manages to be an informative look at the career of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali and an entertaining and moving portrait of the man. The action begins with the brash young Cassius Clay's surprising victory over Sonny Liston. The film depicts Clay's conversion to Islam, his partnership with "Bundini" Brown (Jamie Foxx in a wonderfully complex turn), his friendship with Howard Cosell (a transformed Jon Voight), his principled refusal to serve in the military during Vietnam, and his subsequent problems with the law and the boxing commission. The film concludes with Ali's battle with George Foreman in the "Rumble in the Jungle."

Will Smith delivers a worthy performance, transforming his body, face, and voice to capture the spirit of the charismatic fighter. The work of the supporting cast is superb, including Smith's real-life wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Marvin Gaye's daughter, Nona Gaye, as the women in Ali's life. Mann brings the viewer in close to the boxing action, effectively depicting Ali's unique grace and quickness, and the violent frenzy of the sport. The film shows the familiar public figure of fights and press conferences, and also gives a glimpse of the quiet, thoughtful private life of Ali.

Features

Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/21/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 157 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 06689
Video UPC UPC: 00043396066892
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Jada Pinkett Smith
Video Cast Info Jaime Foxx
Video Cast Info Jamie Foxx
Video Cast Info Jeffrfey Wright
Video Cast Info Jon Voight
Video Cast Info Mario Van Peebles
Video Cast Info Mykelti Williamson
Video Cast Info Pal Rodriguez
Video Cast Info Ron Silver
Video Cast Info Will Smith
Video Cast Info Marlene Stewart - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Michael Mann - Director
Video Cast Info Emmanuel Lubezki - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Graham King - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Howard Bingham - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Lynzee Klingman - Film Editor
Video Cast Info William Goldenberg - Film Editor
Video Cast Info Stephen Rivkin - Film Editor
Video Cast Info Peter Bourke - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Lisa Gerrard - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Jon Peters - Producer
Video Cast Info James Lassiter - Producer
Video Cast Info Michael Mann - Producer
Video Cast Info Paul Ardaji - Producer
Video Cast Info A. Kitman Ho - Producer
Video Cast Info John Myhre - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Michael Mann - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Christopher Wilkinson - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Eric Roth - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Stephen J. Rivele - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Gregory Allen Howard - Story By

Awards


Oscar (2002)
   Video Award Name Will Smith, Nominee, Best Actor
   Video Award Name Jon Voight, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor

Golden Globe (2002)
   Video Award Name Will Smith, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Drama
   Video Award Name Jon Voight, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Peter Bourke, Lisa Gerrard, Nominee, Best Original Motion Picture Score

Image Award (2002)
Video Award Name Jamie Foxx, Winner, Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Will Smith, Nominee, Outstanding Actor In A Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Mario Van Peebles, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Jada Pinkett Smith, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...ALI is a breakthrough for director Michael Mann....His overwhelming love of its subject will turn audiences into exuberant, thrilled fight crowds..." 12/25/2001 p.E1

Entertainment Weekly
"...Dazzling....As Ali, Will Smith undergoes the kind of astonishing self-transformation that makes you blink, then stare..." 01/04/2002 p.44-5

Rolling Stone
"...Smith gives a towering performance, defiantly funny and impassioned....Mann and Smith deliver this powerhouse with the urgency of a champ's left hook..." 01/17/2002 p.56

Variety
"...[The film] possesses an informed, intelligent perspective..." 12/17/2001 p.35-41

Box Office
"...Smith is undeniably excellent in the role, capturing the essence of Ali's character....Other supporting performers are equally convincing..." 02/01/2002 p.56

Total Film
"...Smith has nailed the voice, the charm, the body language -- he has, in short, become Ali as much as any actor possibly could..." 03/01/2002 p.100

Sight and Sound
"...Will Smith embodies the public Ali with supreme confidence, bringing the familiar routines to his life without falling back on mere impersonation..." 03/01/2002 p.34=5

The New York Times 9 of 10
...The script has been developed to give Mr. Smith the opportunity to burrow inside Ali. There are moments of the rousing Ali, as he announces his refusal to go to Vietnam or spars with Howard Cosell, played by Jon Voight, whose portrayal is a riveting tribute to his character actor's instincts. Mr. Voight goes beyond impersonation; he makes Cosell a recognizable human being. - Elvis Mitchell

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Smith,Will
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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