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HBO Releases Teaser For 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight'

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 12, 2013 6:34 PM
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HBO Documentary Films has released a teaser for Stephen Frears' Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight.

The film takes place in 1967, as then Heavy Weight Champion of the World Muhammad Ali refused to enlist and go fight for the USA in Vietnam; his objections to the war were very public, and he was convicted and sentenced to serve time in prison, during which he appealed his case, which would go all the way to the Supreme Court

This was all around the time the public began turning against the war, and thus support for Ali grew. Eventually, some years later, the Supreme Court would reverse his conviction.

The film stars Christopher PlummerFrank LangellaDanny Glover, Ed Begley Jr.Barry Levinson, Bob Balaban, and Kathleen Chalfant

Danny Glover will play Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall; Begley, Levinson, Balaban and Chalfant will play Justice Harry BlackmunJustice Potter Stewart, an advocate for Vietnam veterans, and Justice Marshall Harlan's wife respectively.

Christopher Plummer plays Harlan, while Frank Langella is Chief Justice Warren Burger.

As for who's playing Ali in the film, director Frears opted not to cast an actor to play Muhammad Ali, and is instead using archival footage of Ali in the film, which focuses more on the Supreme Court judges and their decision-making, than on Ali himself.

The film screened at Cannes this year, and will be making its debut on HBO on October 58-9:40 p.m. ET/PT.

We haven't seen it, but I read mostly positive reviews of the film after it screened at Cannes.

Here's your first official look at what's coming:

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  • Marley | August 13, 2013 8:21 AMReply

    Really? You sound ignorant idiot. If you knew your history, Ali strength, and will power to oppose a Government during a turbulent time in our history gave Americans hope. He stood for something, and won. It's a story worth hearing and watching, and its sad that all you can focus on is white judges.

  • ? | August 13, 2013 11:30 PM

    Don't call me an idiot, you rude asshole. The article says the film "focuses more on the Supreme Court judges and their decision-making, than on Ali himself." So why the hell would I want to see that? I know my history, and that's exactly why I want to see a film focused on the man Ali himself, and not another propaganda piece to make Whites feel good by showing the "good" judges that voted to overturn Ali's conviction.

  • ? | August 12, 2013 7:22 PMReply

    Sooo... it's mostly about the White judges and their "struggle" to decide Ali's fate?? Pass..

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