Ali (DVD)

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Barcode
5017239197857
Department
Movies & TV
Released
1 Feb 2018
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Action
Sub-genre
Drama
Age Restriction
PG
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Ali
Release Year
2001
Language
English
Alternate Title
Power and Grace
Categories
Dramas / Biography / Boxers / History / Theatrical Release / True Story
US Box Office
$58.0 million
Official Website
http://www.spe.sony.com/movies/ali
Ratings
IMDb
6.8
Rotten Tomatoes®
67%
Metacritic
65
Synopsis
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.
Notes
Theatrical Release: DECEMBER 25, 2001
Poster
Poster for Ali
Cast & Crew
Director
Michael Mann
Star
Will Smith / Jamie Foxx / Giancarlo Esposito / Nona Gaye / Ron Silver / Jada Pinkett Smith / Mario Van Peebles / Jon Voight / Mykelti Williamson / Jeffrey Wright
Screenwriter
Michael Mann / Stephen J. Rivele / Eric Roth / Christopher Wilkinson
Composer
Pieter Bourke / Lisa Gerrard
Producer
Paul Ardaji / A. Kitman Ho / Michael Mann / Jon Peters
Director of Photography
Emmanuel Lubezki
Story
Gregory Allen Howard
Movie Critics
Box Office
"...Smith is undeniably excellent in the role, capturing the essence of Ali's character....Other supporting performers are equally convincing..."
Wade Major (1 Feb 2002, p.56)
Entertainment Weekly
"...Dazzling....As Ali, Will Smith undergoes the kind of astonishing self-transformation that makes you blink, then stare..."
Owen Gleiberman (4 Jan 2002, p.44-5)
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..."
Elvis Mitchell (25 Dec 2001, p.E1)
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..."
Peter Travers (17 Jan 2002, p.56)
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..."
John Wrathall (1 Mar 2002, p.34=5)
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..."
George Kiritopoulos (1 Mar 2002, p.100)
Variety
"...[The film] possesses an informed, intelligent perspective..."
Todd McCarthy (17 Dec 2001, p.35-41)