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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

...is worth going the distance

Many movies tells stories about the heavyweight boxing champion. PBS' series explores his life as a part of history.

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"Watching "Muhammad Ali" makes a person appreciate the serious duty Ken Burns undertook in making it. This isn't said from a nostalgic or emotional place, although the four-part documentary is designed to elicit an array of feelings about the boxer, some of them conflicting.

Putting sentiment aside, what strikes you is the way Burns and his collaborators Sarah Burns and David McMahon picked up a biography that's been examined and interpreted many times, and still manage to make their version unmissable"

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In the first episode, I learned several things about Ali I didn't know, including who was in the room with him the night he demolished Sonny Liston, became the Heavy Weight Champion of the World... and decided to announce that what had nearly stopped the fight was true; that he was a Muslim. And he would no longer be called by his slave name.

In the room were Malcom X, star halfback Jim Brown, and singer Sam Cooke. Woulda liked to be a fly on that wall!

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2021-09-22 12:12 AM | Reply

First three episodes have been excellent. Burns team at its best.

#2 | Posted by Angrydad at 2021-09-22 07:45 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Haven't seen the doc, but I remember watching some of Zora Foley's sparring matches in preparation for his 1967 title fight with Ali. People attending basically liked the likable Foley and appreciated Ali giving a good boxer a chance to have a decent payday for career's end. Ali did that for some other fighters, too.

#3 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-09-22 08:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

He became the Champ when I was barely a teen boxing in Golden Gloves, so he was my hero as a kid.

Later, when he stood on principle against the Vietnam War, he was a different kind of hero to me. He was offered the opportunity to just do a few exhibition fights with no actual combat service, and he still chose to do what he thought was right, losing his ability to be the Champ.

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2021-09-22 10:59 AM | Reply

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Watch "One Night In Miami"

#5 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-22 05:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Thanks... it should have been good as a play, too.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2021-09-22 06:10 PM | Reply

I believe that to be the case, but haven't seen a production yet.

#7 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-22 08:29 PM | Reply

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