on 31 May 2016
Why do some of the newer versions of this movie edit out the scene of him fighting with Cleveland Williams at the beginning? The old video I have of this has a brilliant beginning with Ali doing his shuffle & knocking out Williams which is set set to a drumbeat - super cool, then the movie begins. But the new versions don't have this? What a shame!
Filmed during Ali's exile from the ring, it does contain some pretty good & rare footage of The Greatest throughout the 60s. This was in the height of the civil rights movement & America was an angry place heavily involved in the Vietnam war. Ali was of course, caught up in all this with his stance on the war, & it was a time when it wasn't certain whether he would ever fight again.
This film is very dated & a little weird in places especially with the erratic & bizarre music, but ardent Ali fans will love the scenes with Cus D'amato (way before he had discovered Tyson) & the old interview footage. Frazier or Foreman hadn't happened yet so this is one to enjoy for the era of Muhammad Ali's life that it is set to.
on 15 December 2010
First off, this DVD doesn't contain Muhammad Ali fights, only segments showing the best of Ali. Second it was filmed in 1969 so it contains no Ali highlights from the 70s. The bulk of the Documentary is based around Ali and Cus D'Amato having conversations about Ali's boxing style and Ali saying how people think his predecessors would knock him out, but that he is the greatest of all time and no man in history could beat him. Oh, and Ali gives a detailed description of the "Ali Shuffle" :D
There is a weird man in a seat "watching" the segments of Ali's fight. Some weird music plays and the camera zooms in on the mans face while watching the fight. He comments on some of Ali's characteristics and how he was viewed by the public but I have no idea who he is. This documentary was made when Ali was almost broke and Ali took the money to make it. Regards length wise, it is not long at all, 77 minutes. There is a fair amount of filler in it aswell.
Overall it is around average, no full fights or pre or post fight interviews of the great man and it is basically Ali and Cus D'Amato holding conversations which are sporadically played throughout the documentary.
BTW "Cassius Clay" is in the title because the documentary was made in the late 60s and Ali was still called Cassius Clay by a lot of the general public back then, Muhammad Ali was a Nation of Islam name and they were not well liked in the 60s. On the radio and News he was called Cassius Clay by most of the media still.
on 21 November 2009
This might be the best documentary of all about 'The Greatest' but it is also ironic that they would call it the very name he rejected. Most people don't even know him by this name and I am sure after fighting so hard for the name Muhammad Ali, he would see it as a gross mark of disrespect for a story about him to be called Cassius Clay...
Ask Joe Frazier... '...What's my name... Say my name, Chump'.
I won't be buying this one...