Thriller In Manila [DVD]
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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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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.
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*****
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.
very revealing, highly recommended
Most Recent Customer Reviews
perfect seller, phenomenal lightning dispatch, magic coms & great item.Slainte !Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great boxing movie, but it's not the complete one. It misses all the part regarding the Frazier - Ali I. It's a pity.Published 20 days ago by Alfonso Parlato
Mostly focuses upon Frazier who lives in his gym. It says that they were close when Ali was suspended due to Viet Nam and Frazier gave Ali $. Read morePublished 6 months ago by ellison
Just watching Ali rattling Frazier totally then the closest thing to death in the ring after is riveting enoughPublished 7 months ago by Dave Roberts
One of the best sports documentaries you will hope to see. I found it better than 'when we were kings' as this showed how both combatants found it tough and the edge to it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Brian
Great DVD and insight into Smoking Joe Frazier. Seen this on More 4 and didn't think it was possible to get it on DVD. Amazing purchasePublished on 8 Sept. 2013 by stephen todd
Excellent purchase, good quality. Exactly what I wanted. I am still using it. Once finished, I will order another DVD.Published on 30 July 2013 by Oakwoodngr