The Trials Of Muhammad Ali
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The Trials Of Muhammad Ali
The Trials of Muhammad Ali is not a conventional sports documentary. Befitting its extraordinary and complex subject, the film examines Ali's life outside the ring, beginning with the announcement of his deeply held and controversial Islamic religious beliefs, and the decision to change his "white man's name" of Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali. The film explores his refusal to serve in the Vietnam war, even after his status as a conscientious objector was denied, on the grounds of protesting racial injustice at home, while capturing his passion and anger in interviews and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As with the best stories, "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" puts one man's story within a greater context. This is Ali's story, but it's America's story, too. Here, it's well told."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"If you have fond memories of David Susskind's talk shows from the golden age of 1960s television, prepare to have them blasted away by this revealing documentary."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"It's hard to go wrong with footage of the charismatic and abrasive Ali who is not always depicted as a saint"
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Where it finds strength is in its exploration of Ali as a man and as a symbol."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"As usual the most compelling voice is Ali's own."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Conventional yet fascinating."
‑ Bruce Ingram, Chicago Sun-Times
"There is history as it's remembered, and then there's history as it happened. This documentary gives us the latter, and it's a true education."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Works better as a history of events than a biographical film about Ali."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Nonfics
"The Trials of Muhammad Ali allows us a chance to see Muhammad Ali not as an icon but as a man willing to take a stand, even an unpopular one, for something that he believed in."
‑ Peter Sobczynski,
"Subject is Fascinating"
‑ Jean Lowerison,
"Ali's life has been recounted so many times that you'd think no one could come up with a fresh angle on it; documentary maker Bill Siegel succeeds, primarily by delving into the religious story, largely downplayed by the mainstream."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"It's a deep dive into one of recent history's most fascinating notables."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A rock-solid portrait of Ali's passions about faith and conscience, and a stirring case that his political legacy is more important, and will be more lasting, than his days in the boxing ring."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"With athletes in 2013 giving in to everything around them, Ali's strength feels even more palpable. He truly was the greatest."
‑ Brian Tallerico,
"It's a captivating story and a sturdy, informative documentary, managing to find a fresh perspective of experience for one of the most famous men in the world."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
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