Muhammad Ali (2021)

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An in-depth look at the life of boxer, Muhammad Ali, including his years as an activist and philanthropist. This documentary 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. Ali insisted on being himself unconditionally and became a global icon and inspiration to people everywhere.Shown in 4 Parts.

Round One: The Greatest (1942-1964): 129 min

Boxer Cassius Clay rises up the amateur ranks to win gold at the 1960 Olympics. He turns professional, sharpening his boxing skills and honing his genius for self-promotion. In 1964, he upsets Sonny Liston to become heavyweight champion.

Round Two: What's My Name? (1964-1970): 115 min

Cassius Clay publicly joins the Nation of Islam and takes the name Muhammad Ali. When he refuses induction into the Army, he is stripped of his title and forced into exile. After three years he returns to the ring, but he’s lost a step.

Round Three: The Rivalry (1970 - 1974): 110 min

Muhammad Ali battles his fiercest rival, Joe Frazier, and the U.S. government, as he attempts to regain the heavyweight title. He first loses to and then defeats Frazier, but to become champion again, he will have to beat George Foreman.

Round Four: The Spell Remains (1974-2016): 100 min

Muhammad Ali shocks the world by defeating George Foreman, winning back the heavyweight title and becoming the most famous man on earth. After retiring in 1981, he travels the world spreading his Islamic faith, and becomes a symbol of peace and hope.


Cast and Crew:


Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon


Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hana Ali, Muhammad Ali, Rahman Ali, Michael Bentt, Todd Boyd, Keith David, Gerald Early, Jonathan Eig, Larry Holmes, Jesse Jackson, Don King, Robert Lipsyte, Malcolm X, Walter Mosley, Lowell K. Riley, Randy Roberts, Wole Soyinka, Quincy Troupe


Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, Stephanie Jenkins, Taylor Krauss, Timothy McAleer, David McMahon, Joe Siegal

Release Info:

Release Date: September 19, 2021 (USA) | Length: 442 min | Genre: Biography, History, Sports | MPAA Rating: TV14 | Note(s): Created for and aired on PBS.


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External Links

Official Site | IMDB