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The Trials of Muhammad Ali

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No conventional sports documentary, THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI examines how one of the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th century risked his fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, Ali found himself in the center of America's controversies over race, religion, and war.

  • DirectorBill Siegel,Rachel Pikelny
  • Runtime: 1 hr 32 min
  • StudioKino Lorber
  • QualityHD

Reviews about The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Detroit News
Tom Long
Detroit News

As with the best stories, "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" puts one man's story within a greater context. This is Ali's story, but it's America's story, too. Here, it's well told.

RogerEbert.com
Peter Sobczynski
RogerEbert.com

The Trials of Muhammad Ali allows us a chance to see Muhammad Ali not as an icon but as a man willing to take a stand, even an unpopular one, for something that he believed in.

Chicago Sun-Times
Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times

Conventional yet fascinating.

Chicago Reader
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Ali's life has been recounted so many times that you'd think no one could come up with a fresh angle on it; documentary maker Bill Siegel succeeds, primarily by delving into the religious story, largely downplayed by the mainstream.

Seattle Times
John Hartl
Seattle Times

If you have fond memories of David Susskind's talk shows from the golden age of 1960s television, prepare to have them blasted away by this revealing documentary.

San Francisco Chronicle
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

There is history as it's remembered, and then there's history as it happened. This documentary gives us the latter, and it's a true education.

Philadelphia Weekly
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

A maddeningly incomplete portrait of the champ on the defensive, where he was never at his best.

Movie Metropolis
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

It's hard to go wrong with footage of the charismatic and abrasive Ali who is not always depicted as a saint

Nonfics
Christopher Campbell
Nonfics

Works better as a history of events than a biographical film about Ali.

Newcity
Ray Pride
Newcity

A rock-solid portrait of Ali's passions about faith and conscience, and a stirring case that his political legacy is more important, and will be more lasting, than his days in the boxing ring.

Eye for Film
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Where it finds strength is in its exploration of Ali as a man and as a symbol.

HollywoodChicago.com
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com

With athletes in 2013 giving in to everything around them, Ali's strength feels even more palpable. He truly was the greatest.

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melody robbins
One Star

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elijah mohammed
The real deal!

My hat's off to director Bill Segel, his treatment of the narrative was refreshingly truthful and scholarly. Exceptional documentary!

The Trials of Muhammad Ali
The Peripatetic Reader
Least they Whitewash Ali’s Legacy ....

We’ve seen it happen before. For all of his amazing work and achievements, the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., is now forever remembered only for the “I have a dream” speech. He is rarely remembered for his opposition to the war in Vietnam or his Poor People’s Campaign — topics that are not palatable now, or then, with mainstream America. Instead, “I have a dream” is a safe way to remember MLK. MLK’s legacy has, in a word, been whitewashed.The memory of the late, great, Muhammad Ali is vulnerable to the same fate. Many tributes on his passing focused on Ali’s boxing acumen, and precious little else. ...

The Trials of Muhammad Ali
LPC
Bold Truth

A very thorough account of what Ali truly experienced by those who walked near him. A must see!

The Trials of Muhammad Ali
DeeDee
A very informative movie about the most celebrated athletes of the world.

A very informative movie about the most celebrated athletes of the world. I enjoyed this immensely.

The Trials of Muhammad Ali
carlos arthur ortenblad
As amazing as the man himself

Muhammad Ali gets his due in this DVD. As amazing as the man himself! Highly recommended!

The Trials of Muhammad Ali
Beeba
I loved this Documentary!!!

I absolutely loved this Movie! Loved the Fact that the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan was giving commentary...and other very influential Minsters in the Nation during that Historic period. I love Muhammad Ali and this documentary served him well!

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