ALI (15)
D: Michael Mann
Columbia/Initial/Forward Pass/Picture Entertainment/Overbrook (Jon Peters, James Lassiter, Paul Ardaji, Michael Mann & A. Kitman Ho)
USA 🇺🇸 2001
158 mins


W: Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson, Eric Roth & Michael Mann [based on a story by Gregory Allen Howard]
DP: Emmanuel Lubezki
Ed: William Goldenberg, Lynzee Klingman & Stephen Rivkin
Mus: Lisa Gerrard & Pieter Bourke
PD: John Mhyre

Will Smith (Cassius Clay/Muhammed Ali), Jamie Foxx (Drew 'Bundini' Brown), Jon Voight (Howard Cosell), Mario Van Peebles (Malcolm X), Angelo Dundee (Ron Silver), Jeffrey Wright (Howard Bingham), Mykelti Williamson (Don King), Jada Pinkett Smith (Sonji)

An incredibly long, needlessly fleshed out biopic which doesn't really focus on the background of one of the most famous sports personalities of the 20th century as much as I personally would have liked, instead it juxtaposes his renowned career moments with significant events in the civil rights movement. Seemingly making the point that he wasn't the only black man in America involved in a fight. 
Nevertheless, Will Smith does a brilliant job as Cassius Clay/Muhammed Ali, carrying the film when the script let's it down. 
The re-enactment of the Rumble In The Jungle fight was also incredibly reconstructed, it's just a shame that the rest of the movie was a bit too pretentious and not a focused biopic many may have expected.

Will Smith in Ali
Will Smith in Ali
Did You Know:
Will Smith actually turned down the role of Ali. However, Ali personally gave him a telephone call and asked him to take the role.

Award Wins & Nominations:


Wins: none

Nominations: 2 (Best Actor in a Leading Role; Best Actor in a Supporting Role)


Wins: none

Nominations: 2 (Best Actor in a Leading Role; Best Actor in a Supporting Role)


Wins: none

Nominations: none


BET Awards (Best Actor); Black Reel Awards (Best Supporting Actor; Best Supporting Actress; Best Screenplay; Best Soundtrack); Image Awards (Outstanding Motion Picture; Best Supporting Actor); Jupiter Awards (Best International Actor); MTV Movie Awards (Best Male Performance)