Directed By: Michael Mann Starring: Will Smith Jon Voight

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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.


Studio Sony
SKU 40166689
UPC 043396066892
UPC 14 00043396066892
Format DVD
Release Date 12/21/2004
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
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.
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
Michael Mann
Will Smith
Jon Voight
Cast & Crew
Jada Pinkett Smith - Actor
Jaime Foxx - Actor
Jamie Foxx - Actor
Jeffrfey Wright - Actor
Jon Voight - Actor
Mario Van Peebles - Actor
Mykelti Williamson - Actor
Pal Rodriguez - Actor
Ron Silver - Actor
Will Smith - Actor
Marlene Stewart - Costume Designer
Michael Mann - Director
Emmanuel Lubezki - Director of Photography
Graham King - Executive Producer
Howard Bingham - Executive Producer
Lynzee Klingman - Film Editor
William Goldenberg - Film Editor
Stephen Rivkin - Film Editor
Peter Bourke - Musical Score
Lisa Gerrard - Musical Score
Jon Peters - Producer
James Lassiter - Producer
Michael Mann - Producer
Paul Ardaji - Producer
A. Kitman Ho - Producer
John Myhre - Production Designer
Michael Mann - Screenplay
Christopher Wilkinson - Screenplay
Eric Roth - Screenplay
Stephen J. Rivele - Screenplay
Gregory Allen Howard - Story By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2001
Catalog ID 06689
UPC 00043396066892
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 157 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (2002) Will Smith, Nominee, Best Actor,Jon Voight, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe (2002) Will Smith, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Drama,Jon Voight, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture,Peter Bourke, Lisa Gerrard, Nominee, Best Original Motion Picture Score
Image Award (2002) Jamie Foxx, Winner, Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture,Will Smith, Nominee, Outstanding Actor In A Motion Picture,Mario Van Peebles, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture,Jada Pinkett Smith, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture
ReviewSource The New York Times
Review ...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.
Reviewer Elvis Mitchell
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Smith,Will
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Sara Edwards, NBC Boston Will Smith is The Greatest!
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Michael Mann and Will Smith punch their way to the bruised heart of a hero.
James Berardinelli's ReelViews ...the narrative is compelling, as are the performances.
David Anson, Newsweek honest, richly detailed, gorgeous movie.
Stephen Hunter, Washington Post ...captures the impact and charisma.
Danny Graydon, BBCi Will Smith is vastly impressive...
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Michael Mann is a master filmmaker.

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