Muhammad Ali: The Greatest

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Released 1974

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Director:
William Klein
Released:
1974
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Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali's life in and out of the ring is revealed in this landmark documentary by photographer William Klein, focusing on the early years of Ali's career. The film tracks his ups and downs from his 1960 Olympic gold medal to his return to champion status in 1974's "Rumble in the Jungle." Along the way, Klein spotlights Ali's social activism, conversion to Islam and the personal charm that have made him a living legend.

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  • 90

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    In an era whose culture was defined by what the literary critic Richard Poirier called the performing self, Mr. Ali's persona was one of the greatest performances of all.

  • 75

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Liam Lacey

    More about Ali as media star and social figure, less about the quicksilver athlete.

  • 70

    TV Guide Maitland McDonagh

    William Klein's film documents a turbulent time and an outsized personality, but the film's glories are in the details and its intimacy would be unimaginable in the rigidly spin-co...

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