When We Were Kings

When We Were Kings

When We Were Kings

Oscar-winning documentary on the the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire - the Rumble in the Jungle - between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali. Covers the build-up, musical performances and cultural impact of this huge fight on African soil.

Ali is 32 and thought by many to be past his prime. George Foreman is 10 years younger and the undisputed champ. Promoter Don King wants to make a name for himself and offers both fighters five million dollars apiece to fight. So when they accept, King has only to come up with the money. He finds a willing backer in Mobutu Sese Suko, the dictator of Zaire, and the Rumble in the Jungle is set, including a musical festival featuring America's top black performers including James Brown and B.B. King.

Winner, Best Documentary Feature, Academy Awards 1996
1996Rating: PG, Low level violence88 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

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Enormously entertaining.

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Time Out

Time Out

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A penetrating emotional analysis of the boxing which is nothing short of inspired.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

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If anyone deserves an award, it is Ali; his charisma makes the film.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

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No comedian was ever funnier, no fighter ever faster than Muhammad Ali, who is caught at the top of his game in Leon Gast's valentine, When We Were Kings.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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When Muhammad Ali achieved victory in Kinshasa on Oct. 30, 1974, he did far more than win a prize fight.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

There is a palpable tension, as the two men step into the ring, that is not lessened because we know the outcome.

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Variety

Variety

press

Enormously entertaining.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

A penetrating emotional analysis of the boxing which is nothing short of inspired.

0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

If anyone deserves an award, it is Ali; his charisma makes the film.

0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

No comedian was ever funnier, no fighter ever faster than Muhammad Ali, who is caught at the top of his game in Leon Gast's valentine, When We Were Kings.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

When Muhammad Ali achieved victory in Kinshasa on Oct. 30, 1974, he did far more than win a prize fight.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

There is a palpable tension, as the two men step into the ring, that is not lessened because we know the outcome.

0

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