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When We Were Kings

Director: Leon Gast
Directors of Photography: Maryse Alberti, Paul Goldsmith, Kevin Keating, Albert Maysles and Roderick Young
Editors:Leon Gast, Taylor Hackford, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Keith Robinson
Producers: David Sonenberg, Leon Gast and Taylor Hackford
Gramercy; NR; 92 minutes
Release: 10/96
With: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King, Spike Lee, Norman Mailer, George Plimpton,
Thomas Hauser, James Brown, B.B. King, the Spinners, the Jazz Crusaders, the Pointer Sisters, Miriam Makeba and Mobutu Sese Seko

This documentary looks well beyond the 1974 championship bout between Ali and Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire, extending to the African-American experience, told through interviews with Lee and Hauser, archival film clips and music. Most interesting, however, is to see how Ali and Foreman reacted to Africa. When the fight was postponed and their stay prolonged by six weeks, Ali reached out and embraced the Zaireans while Foreman expressed annoyance. In case you've forgotten, Ali upset Foreman with an eighth-round knockout.


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