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Thriller In Manila [DVD]


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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Channel 4
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Nov 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CMV1JY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,091 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In 1975 Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fought their third and final contest. What unfolded in the searing heat of Manila is now considered the greatest-ever boxing match in history; with an ending so dramatic it defies belief and continues to provoke controversy. But this is a story about more than a remarkable fight, it’s about a bitter and intense rivalry, fuelled by race and religion. Just eight years earlier these men had been friends, with Frazier even supporting Ali when he had been stripped of his boxing licence for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War, but leading up to their final confrontation in Manila the two were caught up in a growing vicious feud born out of the explosive racial politics of 1970s America. Combined with electrifying archive footage and exclusive interviews; this is the definitive account of a 1970s iconic event through the eyes of the other man in the ring – Joe Frazier.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Midlands Telly Addict on 14 Nov 2008
This story has been waiting to be told for quite some time. As a big boxing fan, especially with the dearth of good heavyweights in this current era (maybe David Haye can change that) it is great to watch two fighters from the Golden Age of the heavyweight division going properly toe to toe. But there is so much more to this documentary, and it paints a rather different picture of Muhammed Ali than the vast majority of any other history on his conduct inside and outside of the ring. Fantastic interviews and fight footage, well done Channel 4!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John L. Bolloten on 18 Nov 2008
A perfect, yet in many ways a very different, companion to the brilliant documentary When We Were Kings. Saw this on TV - reviting stuff and a very different portayal of the mighty Ali as was brought forward in When We Were Kings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Downesyboy on 17 Jun 2009
As the other reviewers have said - this is the view of the fight from the point of view of Smokin' Joe and does not paint Ali in a good light at all. It would have been a perfect package if more people from the Ali camp had made contemporary comments, i would love to have heard what Don King had to say about the fight with the benefit of years of hindsight. it would also have been great if the fight had been included in total but maybe copyright issues got in the way of that.

Also of interest to us (but probably not the average fight fan) were the shots of the Philippines and the Marcos family. My wife was a 9 year old growing up in Manila at the time and remembers the Ali cavalcade from the airport.

Overall, a 4 1/2**** and definitely recommed seeing it but with a couple of additions it would have been a definite 5*****
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. M. White on 15 Feb 2010
This DVD documents the build up, aftermath and in my opinion the greatest fight in heavyweight history. It also features great interviews with the "less well known" (compared to Ali) Smokin' Joe Frazier. A must watch for boxing fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Osman on 5 May 2009
Well done to Channel 4, I first viewed this on More 4 late last year and would have to say one of the best documentaries I have seen in years. I had to have a copy for my collection the extra features are poor, the extended interviews where pointless and understand why it was trimmed from the main feature. But for all Boxing fans this is a must you will enjoy it!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Steven J. Fisher on 5 Jan 2009
A must watch for all boxing fans. This doc gives the untold story behind these two greats. Would Ali be still thought as the greatest if Joe was alowed to come out for the 15th? Its sad that Joe never got the chance (even tho he couldnt see!) And for this, Joe still holds a gruge to this day. True he dont forgive Ali for all the racist jibes he constanly threw at Joe. I cant help thinking if Joe one the fight he wouldnt hold the grudge. A must for every boxing fans dvd collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J & K on 1 April 2012
This makes the perfect companion piece to When We Were Kings [DVD] [1997] which is something of a hagiography to Ali. In this documentary you get a more critical view of him and I suspect the real man lies somewhere between the two. Having said that, I felt 'Manila' overeggs its case. Yes, Frazier did petition the authorities to get Ali's boxing licence reinstated but I don't think it was entirely altruistic. He wanted Ali to get his licence, so he could meet him in the ring and prove his superiority - i.e. he had an ulterior motive.

Putting aside the personality and politics of it, this is quite a conventional documentary that tells an extraordinary story. The talking heads are good, though lack the gravitas of, say, Norman Mailer in 'Kings'; there is however, the acerbic Ferdie Pacheco (Ali's doctor). The other major difference with 'Kings' is that whereas the Zaire film only gives 10 mins to the actual fight, almost a third of the running time of 'Manila' is dedicated to what must be the most brutal fight in boxing history. The result is gruelling, compelling and essential viewing.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By N. Thompson on 14 May 2009
We all think we know Muhammad Ali; his witt; his charisma; his intelligence and his career that saw him being recognised as the greatest heavyweight fighter of all time. This documentary however tries to tell the story of the epic encounter (Ali v Frazier) through the eyes of the less popular Smokin' Joe Frazier. Through this film we see Ali's darker side of his personality and how he treated Frazier with contempt and with hatred.

This film isnt trying to say that Ali was a horrible person but instead balances out all the hero-worship and praise that is heaped on Ali with an honest account of Ali's darker side.

Joe Frazier and Muhammed Ali gave boxing and the sporting world as a whole; its greatest rivalry lasting over 3 fights. On this DVD you will see that Fazier still hates the man that taunted him in the 70's. You will realise that this hatred will stay with Joe until he die's.

This is a great documentary and the best sports film I have seen in years.
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