Movie Review: Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight ***

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Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight is an HBO movie about civil rights in the 1960s. Cassius Clay becomes the heavyweight boxing champion of the world. Shortly thereafter, he converts his religion to the Nation of Islam and changes his name to Muhammad Ali. His religious teachings preach peace. When he is drafted during the Vietnam war, he refuses to go because of his religious beliefs. As a conscientious objector, he is stripped of his boxing title during the prime years of his career. To earn a living, he becomes a celebrity and motivational speaker while waiting for his boxing ban to be lifted and his situation addressed by the U.S. Supreme Court. His case finally gets to the court where once adamantly staunch judges finally agree to hear his case.

In the wake of Muhammad Ali’s recent death, this movie was re-released on HBO. It tells the behind the scenes story of the case getting to the Supreme Court. The movie has very little to do with boxing. I lived through this era and vaguely remember much, except his boxing feats. It was a great study in this man’s plea to dissent on fighting in a war that he did not agree with. The movie was all about the judges and their clerks who researched and fought the head justice in getting this case heard. The history lesson was very good. The story was pieced together with historic footage of civil unrest during the civil rights era. The acting was good. I didn’t care for the point of view or flow. Just 3 out of 5 stars.

Published in: on June 20, 2016 at 9:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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