Muhammad Ali: A Film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns & David McMahon DVD & Blu-ray

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Muhammad Ali brings to life one of the best-known and most indelible figures of the 20th century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated millions of fans throughout the world with his mesmerizing combination of speed, grace, and power in the ring, and charm and playful boasting outside of it.
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Muhammad Ali brings to life one of the best-known and most indelible figures of the 20th century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated millions of fans throughout the world with his mesmerizing combination of speed, grace, and power in the ring, and charm and playful boasting outside of it.

Born Cassius Clay, Jr., Ali rose from boxing amateur to Olympic gold medalist and heavyweight champion, just as he had promised he would at the age of twelve. He wrote his own rules –in the ring and in his life –infuriating his critics, baffling his opponents, and riveting millions of fans. He spoke his mind and stood on principle, staying true to his Islamic faith and refusing induction into the U.S. Army, even when it cost him his livelihood. Banished for his beliefs, he returned to boxing an underdog, reclaimed his title twice, and became the most famous man on earth. An intimate portrait of a larger-than-life global icon, this four-part, eight-hour documentary tells the story of an exceptional athlete whose influence transcends boxing. "He was," the novelist Norman Mailer wrote, "the very spirit of the 20th Century."

Round One: The Greatest (1942-1964)
Cassius Clay rises from amateur boxer to 1960 Olympic gold medal winner. He turns professional and moves to Miami, sharpening his boxing skills and honing his genius for self-promotion. Meanwhile, he quietly joins the Nation of Islam and becomes a confidant of Malcolm X. In 1964, he shocks the world by upsetting the heavily favored Sonny Liston to win the heavyweight championship.

Round Two: What's My Name? (1964-1970)
Cassius Clay joins the Nation of Islam and adopts the name Muhammad Ali. For three years, Ali dominates the heavyweight ranks but in 1967, he refuses induction into the U.S. Army and becomes one of the most reviled men in America. Ali is stripped of his title, convicted of draft evasion and forced into exile. In 1970, he triumphantly returns to the ring, but it's clear that he has lost a step.

Round Three: The Rivalry (1970-1974)
Muhammad Ali faces Joe Frazier in the "Fight of the Century." Though he loses, Ali becomes a hero. The Supreme Court overturns Ali's conviction, validating his refusal to serve in the war in Vietnam and in 1974, Ali outduels Frazier, his greatest rival, in their highly anticipated rematch. But to complete his comeback, he must face the fearsome George Foreman.

Round Four: The Rent You Pay (1974-2016)
Muhammad Ali shocks the world when he defeats George Foreman in Zaire, winning back the heavyweight title and becoming the most famous man on earth. He faces Joe Frazier in the brutal "Thrilla in Manila," and boxes for five more years. He is diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1984 but continues to travel the world spreading his Islamic faith, and becomes a symbol of peace and hope.

Producer: Sarah Burns, David McMahon, Ken Burns
Executive Producer: Ken Burns
Production Company: Florentine Films
Production Year: 2020
Copyright Year: 2021
Rating: NR
Director: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon
Narrator: Keith David
Writers: David McMahon, Sarah Burns
Number of Discs: 4
Length: 480 minutes
Number of Episodes:4
Subtitled: Y
Subtitle Languages: Spanish (SDH);English (SDH)

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Thomas
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4.0 star rating
09/06/22
Great!!
Review by Thomas on 09/06/22 review stating Great!!
Great!!
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Patrick
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5.0 star rating
08/17/22
Muhammad Ali
Review by Patrick on 08/17/22 review stating Muhammad Ali
A very well detailed documentary on the life times of Muhammad Ali.
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Nancy
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5.0 star rating
06/20/22
Ali
Review by Nancy on 06/20/22 review stating Ali
This is a truly inspiring program about a very different type of man who became one of the really great people of our century. Keep up the good work.
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Michael
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5.0 star rating
06/13/22
excellent/truly the greatest
Review by Michael on 06/13/22 review stating excellent/truly the greatest
ken burns always great as is abs for sharing his work with us
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CHARLES
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5.0 star rating
06/02/22
The greatest
Review by CHARLES on 06/02/22 review stating The greatest
The greatest
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RICARDO
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5.0 star rating
05/25/22
Excellent presentation. Thank you for
Review by RICARDO on 05/25/22 review stating Excellent presentation. Thank you for
Excellent presentation. Thank you for the history of a great American as presented by Ken Burns
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Salvatore
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5.0 star rating
05/25/22
Outstanding feature on the life
Review by Salvatore on 05/25/22 review stating Outstanding feature on the life
Outstanding feature on the life of the Boxing Champion. In depth look at his early life and family. The documentary shows vintage film of his early fights as well all the championship bouts. Great interviews with those that knew him and writers who covered him. In depth look at his Muslim Faith. Highly recommend this feature.
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Joseph
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5.0 star rating
05/25/22
Ali the Greatest
Review by Joseph on 05/25/22 review stating Ali the Greatest
I love this DVD became it summarizes this man's achievement to not only the world of boxing but to the entire world
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stanley
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5.0 star rating
02/24/22
Awesome
Review by stanley on 02/24/22 review stating Awesome
My experience with ShopPBS was a great experience.
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MILTON
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5.0 star rating
11/28/21
Good product
Review by MILTON on 11/28/21 review stating Good product
Good product
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DENEEN
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5.0 star rating
11/14/21
great presentation
Review by DENEEN on 11/14/21 review stating great presentation
great presentation
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FRED
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5.0 star rating
11/07/21
As usual Ken Burns puts
Review by FRED on 11/07/21 review stating As usual Ken Burns puts
As usual Ken Burns puts it together just right.
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Larry
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5.0 star rating
11/07/21
Ali
Review by Larry on 11/07/21 review stating Ali
It's a good documentary
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Daniel
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5.0 star rating
11/05/21
Liked that the new show
Review by Daniel on 11/05/21 review stating Liked that the new show
Liked that the new show had different film on the champ and different interviews. Experts could have been well known analysts to have made expert points better recieved. Over all, I liked the bio
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HARRIET
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5.0 star rating
11/05/21
Muhammad Ali-great work of filming
Review by HARRIET on 11/05/21 review stating Muhammad Ali-great work of filming
Great piece of work historically and politically of Muhammad Alis life
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Rita
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5.0 star rating
11/05/21
Excellent depiction of Muhammad Ali.
Review by Rita on 11/05/21 review stating Excellent depiction of Muhammad Ali.
Excellent depiction of Muhammad Ali. A very complete and educational series. Ken Burns does it again.
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Izetta
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5.0 star rating
11/05/21
Amazing. One of the greatest
Review by Izetta on 11/05/21 review stating Amazing. One of the greatest
Amazing. One of the greatest Americans of the last century.
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Richard
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5.0 star rating
11/05/21
Great film!
Review by Richard on 11/05/21 review stating Great film!
Great film!
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Kate
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5.0 star rating
11/05/21
I enjoyed remembering Muhammad Ali
Review by Kate on 11/05/21 review stating I enjoyed remembering Muhammad Ali
I enjoyed remembering Muhammad Ali and discovering Things I did not know.
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NORMA
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5.0 star rating
11/04/21
great
Review by NORMA on 11/04/21 review stating great
My tv died Im waiting for my new one to be installed...I thought I knew about MA...until I saw the film that KB, his wife, and a third party put together....when I watched it I KNEW I HAD TO HAVE THE DVD....IM SURE IT WILL BE AS GOOD ON MY KNEW TV AS IT WAS ON THE OLD ONE....PBS IS FABULOUS...I ESPECIALLY APPRECIATE THE KNEW WORLD CHANNEL AND ITS GREAT VARIATE OF PRESENTATIONS...ESPECIALLY THOSE IN SPANISH...THOUGH ENGLISH IS MY FIRST LANGUAGE...AS A RETIRED PASTOR IVE PREACHED IN SPANISH AND ENGLISH...THANK YOU PBS...WHERE WOULD WE BE WITHOUT YOU....

"A sweeping portrait" – THE NEW YORK TIMES

"An extraordinary film" – CNN'S RELIABLE SOURCES

"Magnificent" – BLOOMBERG

"An exhaustive, exhilarating account confronting both the man and the myth" – THE BOSTON GLOBE

"Electric – An Event" – PEOPLE

"The most satisfying, riveting, and moving...TV experience of the year" – MEDIAPOST"



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