Ali: An American Hero
GenreBiography
Drama
Sport
Written byJamal Joseph
Directed byLeon Ichaso
StarringDavid Ramsey
Clarence Williams III
Joe Morton
Vondie Curtis-Hall
Martin Ferrero
Antonio Fargas
Khalil Kain
Earl Boen
Aaron Meeks
Music byHarald Kloser
Thomas Wanker
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producerThomas Carter
ProducersRichard M. Rothstein
Ian Sander
Production locationLos Angeles
CinematographyClaudio Chea
EditorMichael Schweitzer
Running time120 minutes
Production companiesFox Television Studios
Thomas Carter Company
DistributorFOX
Release
Original networkFOX
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseAugust 31, 2000 (2000-08-31)

Ali: An American Hero is an American television film which aired on August 31, 2000 on FOX. It chronicles portions of the career of heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali, who is portrayed by David Ramsey.[1]

Plot summary

Cassius Clay (David Ramsey), winner of the gold medal for boxing in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics, rises in the professional ranks and defeats heavyweight boxing champion Sonny Liston in a stunning upset to capture the title in 1964. Controversy surrounds his decision to join the Nation of Islam, his name change from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, his friendship with Malcolm X (Joe Morton), and his conscientious objection to the draft during the Vietnam War. Stripped of his title, he eventually recaptures it in 1974 in the so-called "Rumble in the Jungle"—an epic bout against George Foreman in Zaire.

Cast and crew

DVD

Ali: An American Hero was released on DVD on January 27, 2004.

References

  1. ^ Rebecca Flint Marx. "Ali: An American Hero (2000)". NYTimes.com.