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Muhammad Ali: The Greatest [DVD] [2002]

Muhammad Ali , Sonny Liston , William Klein    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston, Angelo Dundee, Jack Nilon, Chris Dundee
  • Directors: William Klein
  • Writers: William Klein
  • Producers: Bert Brown
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Vci
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Mar 2003
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000634D7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,306 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A 75-minute documentary covering the career of the greatest sporting personality of the 20th century, Muhammad Ali--The Greatest adds little or nothing in the way of footage or insight unavailable elsewhere. However, it certainly provides an adequate summary of a much-told tale and makes for a good potted introduction to Ali, his sensational conquest of Sonny Liston, his conversion to the Nation of Islam, his exile from boxing following his anti-war stance and return to perform his own "personal age of miracles".

The fight footage here is mostly recycled from Bill Cayton and Jim Jacobs' vast stock of film as opposed to telecasts. Here again, then, are the grainy, quicksilver images of the skinny young Ali bamboozling ponderous journeymen Tunney Hunsaker in his debut fight; of the never adequately explained "phantom punch" against Liston in their second fight; of the dancing demolition job he performed on Cleveland Williams in 1967, perhaps the three most awesome, albeit one-sided rounds of heavyweight boxing ever. There are occasional excerpts of Ali running his mouth outside the ring, but these are too few and too familiar. Ian Darke of Sky TV provides a professionally glossy narration that's just about the right side of glib, but the budget doesn't really extend to much beyond cut and pasted footage (with only stills shots of his knockout of George Foreman) spliced with interviews with the likes of Henry Cooper, Ali's old Doctor Angelo and trainer Angelo Dundee who explains, for perhaps the hundredth time to camera, that he thought "Muslim" was a piece of cloth.

The essence of Ali's story is certainly encapsulated here, though those looking for more offbeat or in-depth material are advised to check out Champions Forever, When We Were Kings or AKA Cassius Clay. Or read Thomas Hauser's biography. --David Stubbs

Product Description

Directed by acclaimed photographer William Klein, this film documents two key moments in the life and career of Muhammad Ali. The first, 1964, was the period when Ali became Heavyweight Champion of the World and openly declared his allegiance to Islam by changing his name. Whilst the second, 1974, was the year of the legendary Rumble in the Jungle. Klein covers both periods in attentive detail, taking his camera in close and providing unique insights into these important historical moments.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest 21 Oct 2005
By A Customer
He was - and evidenced by this marvellous collection of fights, interviews and interesting information - and always will be the Greatest. Excellent purchase
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest 22 May 2004
really good, if you like to watch Ali's fights.
too bad it only shows pictures of his fight with Foreman in Zaire. besides this little upset, the doc. is great.
much better then the crappy, a.k.a Cassius Clay.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest ... 4 Feb 2005
This DVD is just right for a documentary to cover the life of the master...From humble background, first amateaur fights and signs of potential the greatest media spectacles of all - classic footage from the 'Rumble and the Thrilla'...all the great fights...Oh this is a night in to rember! Enjoy...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not by William Klein 26 Nov 2012
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Be careful, this is not the celebrated film by William Klein but just a second rate documentary of Ali fights .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay 3 April 2014
By Kirloj
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Okay product
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding DVD 16 Mar 2014
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This dvd was bought for my husband as Ali is one of his idols. It was as we expected it to be outstanding!!!!!!!!!!
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