When We Were Kings
When We Were Kings (1996)

In 1974, boxers Muhammad Ali and George Foreman came to the still-emerging and politically unstable African nation of Zaire for what Ali called the "Rumble in the Jungle," a highly publicized world heavyweight championship fight.… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 14, 1999
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An engrossing documentary that's as much about at time and a place as it is about a fight.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

If anyone deserves an award, it is Ali; his charisma makes the film.

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Time Out

A penetrating emotional analysis of the boxing which is nothing short of inspired.

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Christopher Campbell
Nonfics

Almost too concentrated on Ali, but the story plays well with an exhilarating pace and plenty of well-remembered expositional details.

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Todd McCarthy
Variety

Enormously entertaining.

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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times

When Muhammad Ali achieved victory in Kinshasa on Oct. 30, 1974, he did far more than win a prize fight.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Gast never makes a mistake by turning the camera on Ali-he comes through like a champ

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

No comedian was ever funnier, no fighter ever faster than Muhammad Ali, who is caught at the top of his game in Leon Gast's valentine, When We Were Kings.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

By portraying the young Ali as hero -- and moving beyond the media image of the poetry-spouting peacock -- Gast reminds us that Ali didn't follow the path of earlier black superstars or earn his stripes by conforming to white society's expectations.

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Richard Luck
Film4

A film as deserving of respect as its subjects.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
Muhammad Ali was much more than a boxer, or showman, loudmouth, trash talker, or attention seeker; he was a spokesman for the black race and their social… More
Daniel Perry
Not exactly the movie I thought it would be: it's much more about the spectacle of the Rumble in the Jungle than it is about the boxing. Still a solid… More
Jens S.
Highly entertaining documentary about the classic box fight between Ali and Foreman in Zaire 1974. Including interviews with witnesses and experts, this film… More
Stella Dallas
a terrific documentary about the famous 'rumble in the jungle' ali/foreman fight in zaire, 1974, with everyone from norman mailer to james brown along… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Muhammad Ali, he was like a sleeping elephant. You can do whatever you want around a sleeping elephant; whatever you want. But when he wakes up,… More
Saskia D.
Great documentary about a legendary fight between Ali and Foreman in Zaire in 1947. Ali is charismatic, articulate, funny and one hell of a character. Great… More