When we were Kings is a stunning portrait of not only one of the most famous World Title Fights of all time, but a real insight into a 'Time' and a 'Place'. The 'Time' being 1974, a time when the World was still reeling from one of the greatest political scandels of all time, with the fall of the Nixon Administration. It was also a time of coulor, and music, which are beautifuly conveyed in this presentation. The 'Place' was the relatavly unnoticed and mysterious land of Zaire, in the forgoten continent of Africa. Zaire was the chosen venue to bring these two Kings into the same ring, due to a massive financial investment, made by the then military dictator, President Mobutu. The Champion, the unforgiving brooding George Forman, was at the height of his short career, where the proud American had seen off all the big name challengers to his crown with relative ease. The Challenger, the former champion, and soon to be idle of Zaire, Muhammed Ali. The well informed fight writers, and Ali fans in general, made no secret of the fact that they feared for Ali in this fight. Ali dominates the biuld up to this fight, and openly courts the people of Zaire, calling them his true brothers. In return, he gained an overwhelming support in the build up, and at the fight itself. Ali continualy impressed his true brothers, and fight fans prior to the fight, with his continual promise that he was 'gonna dance!' The presentation moves at pace toward the highly anticipated showdown, and the fight itself delivers a twist which many at the time will never truely forget. With the chalenger constantly bating Foreman throughout the fight by repeatdly saying "you suprise me George" "you dont hit hard enough George", and then compleatly doing the oposite to his promise of 'im gonna dance', by leaning back onto the ropes, and inviting the huge champion to finish him off at any time. So much so, that Foreman had punched himself out by the middle of Eigth round. It was then that the Greatest of them all came off the ropes, and finished the job, with The Champion being knocked down, and counted out. With the big American soul artists (James Brown, BB King, and many others) in town throughout the build up, this Movie/Documentry captures all that was great about this 'Time' and elevates the viewer to a place of, one of the Greatest Sporting occasions of all time,to a time, when... 'They were Truely Kings'.
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