When We Were Kings – Einst waren wir Könige (1996)

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When We Were Kings – Einst waren wir Könige: Directed by Leon Gast. With Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King, James Brown. A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, “The Rumble in the Jungle,” between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.

“When We Were Kings (1996) u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003e*** 1/2 (out of 4) u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eExtremely entertaining, Oscar-winning documentary covering the 1974 boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, which became known as the Rumble in the Jungle. Through interview footage as well as archival footage, director Leon Gastu0026#39;s film perfectly documents the historic match and everything leading up to it. The boxing match itself is legendary and something most people know about and itu0026#39;s perfectly shown here but I think the real key to the documentary is everything weu0026#39;re shown leading up to the fight. This, of course, includes a lot of stuff dealing with Ali trash talking and getting involved with the African people. There are several scenes where Ali is simply out in the streets working out and trying to pump up the African people and of course get them in his corner. By contrast, we then see interview segments with Foreman where heu0026#39;s obviously not as deeply in with the people and doesnu0026#39;t have the same connection that Ali does. One really gets a great idea of the political climate heading up to the fight and the stuff with Ali training and just being himself are truly priceless. Itu0026#39;s also fun hearing about how his career was thought to have been on the low-end as everyone was thinking that Foreman would destroy and possibly kill him in the ring. When we finally get to the fight footage itu0026#39;s presented in such a way that you really see what Ali was going for and how he pulled the upset. We see some terrific footage that is broken down and weu0026#39;re shown every little point that helped get Ali the win. WHEN WE WERE KINGS shows a historic fight and the surroundings around it and you canu0026#39;t help but be thankful that such an important event was captured in such a great form.”


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