Phantom Punch

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Released 2010

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Director:
Robert Townsend
Released:
2010
Rating:
R
Phantom Punch is a full-length motion picture biopic of the controversial life of boxer Sonny Liston (Ving Rhames). Directed by Robert Townsen, it examines the reports that Liston deliberately lost his fights with Muhammed Ali, his ties to the mob, the various run ins with police, and his mysterious death. The film chronicles the years between 1950 and 1971, and does not pull any punches. Sonny Liston was an ex convict, and known in the boxing world for his aggressive style, fearsome appearance and enormous hands. A relentless fighter, his brute strength helped him in 1962 to claim the world title by knocking out Floyd Patterson. But Liston's career is marred by two suspicious losses to Muhammed Ali, the first when he was known as Cassius Clay. Liston's ties to the mob were well known, so it was believed by many that the matches were fixed; his death in 1971, although listed as a suicide, is also considered up for discussion. By all accounts however, Ving Rhames is stellar in the role of the troubled boxer, and rather than simply play the tape of his life, Phantom Punch looks more deeply at the main events to shape his career. Dynamic fight scenes are interjected in a deep, moving, portrayal of a man whom, in the words of Townsend Òhistory hasn't been kind to.Ómoreless
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    Drama, Sports

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    Crime, Biography