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KIDS FIRST ENDORSED MUHAMMAD ALI AKA CASSIUS CLAY is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age Adult-Adult
75 minutes
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Cassius Clay was very aggressive in his quest to live out his personal legend. This documentary is well constructed. It tells a well rounded story about this World Championship boxer. It is easy to become involved in the film and follow it from beginning to end. It explores his life from resilient boxer to inspiring speaker - stressing Muhammad Ali's important role in history. It includes information and footage about slavery and the past struggles of the African American people. At the end of the film, the narrator says that "A champion is a species of hero who is nourished by misfortune which is why he attracts legend," which goes directly hand in hand in describing the life of Muhammad Ali. The editing of the archival footage comes together nicely. It follows a linear timeline, starting with Ali's beginnings of boxing and ending with his newfound beliefs,. It shows how the one-tracked Cassius Clay who cares about nothing more than being great becomes Muhammad Ali. There is a fair amount of violence in this film and it does tent to glorify his pride and lack of humility. He would repeatedly say things such as, "I'll whoop any man in the world... I am the greatest!" to any opponent.
"A study of crazy brilliance and flamboyant sincerity" (LA Herald-Examiner), a.k.a. Cassius Clay presents a fascinating look at the incredible life and achievements of one of the most courageous, outspoken and charismatic figures of boxing: Muhammad Ali. Born Cassius Clay in 1942, Alisoon rose to become a renowned athlete, an articulate author and a compelling political leader. Audacious, ambitious and totally fearless, Ali became a symbol of pride, a legend of hope and one of the most extraordinary cultural icons of the 20th century. Filled with "plenty of meat in the visual material" (Newsweek), a.k.a. Cassius Clay charts the voyage of a man who grabbed Olympic gold at the age of 18, captured the world heavyweight title at 21 and ultimately came to power as one of the most forceful leaders of the American civil rights movement. Featuring clips from his most celebrated fights with Archie Moore and Sonny Liston, rare interviews with his trainer Cus D'Amato and extraordinary footage of Ali during his alliance with Malcolm X, a.k.a. Cassius Clay is an "intelligently and artistically assembled" (Los Angeles Times) and "provocative" Box office) documentary. Starring Cassius Clay Cus D'Amato, Richard Kiley, Robert De Niro.
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