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3.2
1,268 Ratings

Ali

Directed by Michael Mann
United States, 2001
Drama, Biography, Sport

Synopsis

A biography of sports legend, Muhammad Ali, from his early days to his days in the ring.

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Ali Directed by Michael Mann

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2002 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Golden Globes (USA)

2002 | 3 nominations including: Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

2002 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actor

As a fan of Mann’s work, I’ve returned to it over the years, but it wasn’t until I saw Ali again on a big screen last week that it all finally clicked. This time, I was overwhelmed by Mann’s film. It may be one of the most unique historical dramas of the past several decades — more a filmed essay than an attempt at re-creation.
June 14, 2016
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Mann has been constructing, in the course of decades, a vision of serious men, a model of seriousness itself, which is why “Ali” is a unique achievement… Within that real-life performance art is a sharp and fierce political temperament, the force of ideas, and Mann emphasizes the bedrock of Ali’s ideas, and tailors Will Smith’s fierce performance to fit it closely.
February 05, 2016
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Ali (2001) is less potent because, with the boxer as its locus, Mann and his cowriters fall victim to the common temptation to address seemingly every aspect of those “turbulent times,” in this case the decade from 1964-1974. Yet Will Smith is gamely up for the challenge, matching the film’s ambition when anything less than a big performance would’ve been invisible. It’s as much Smith’s film as anyone’s.
February 04, 2016
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