When We Were Kings
When We Were Kings (1996)

On October 30, 1974, perhaps the most famous heavyweight championship boxing match of all time took place in Kinshasa, Zaire: the "Rumble in the Jungle" between champion George Foreman and challenger Muhammad Ali. In historical… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 25, 1996
DVD 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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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Thrilling boxing docu covers race, politics; some profanity.

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Todd McCarthy

Enormously entertaining.

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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Alonso Díaz de la Vega
El Universal

A film that answers why Ali's death is so significant. [Full review in Spanish]

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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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Christopher Campbell

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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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
When you're making a film about an iconic figure, it's very easy to get caught up in the mythology of the person in question and lose sight of the… 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
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