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  1. ShawnD's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    This documentary doesn't reveal any new information, but it gets into the trenches of Ali's metamorphosis from boxer into political and religious figure. All the stuff Ali-philes read about is given a backstory and it's fascinating to hear from Ali's brother, his first wife, the sole surviving investor from Lousiville. The title is a misnomer as the film is really about Ali and Islam. An engrossing 90 minutes.

  2. Slappy McGee's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    A pretty in-depth look into Ali's personal struggles with America and specifically America's perception of his religious and political beliefs. This movie does a great job of presenting material in a straight-forward manner that both praises Ali while still presenting his flaws without apology. It's a fascinating look into the Ali the man, not the athlete.

  3. David R Williams's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    A beautiful and moving tribute to a complex and beautiful man.

  4. T Mills's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    A good, solid documentary that does well what it set out to do.

  5. corycorycorycory's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    This is probably my new favorite sports doc. He man was a legend beyond sports entertainment, and this film made sure you know that.

  6. Nacnud Schmalz's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    Heart of a champion. Nice portrait of an interesting time, for sure.

  7. EdieEmm's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    To help sort through the post-mortem media whitewashing since the deaths of Prince & Muhammad Ali, someone's made an app that auto-corrects the creepily ubiquitous phrase "transcended race" to "was retroactively deemed safe by white people". Siegel's doc, along with being engaging, beautifully-paced, well-made, does the same sort of work. You don't get to whitewash Ali or his legacy; nice try, MSM. Rest In Power.

  8. Franklin Lopez's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    I made the bad choice of watching the terrible Will Smith vehicle "Ali" directed by Michael Mann. This doc fills a lot of the blanks missed by "Ali" and gives us a deeper look into his relationship with the Nation of Islam. That said, it fails to offer a critical view into Ali himself. No doubt he was a great man, but all the interviews offer nothing but praise, and I doubt the man was perfect. Still it's a great doc

  9. The Boreal Chorus's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    A good documentary. There is much to be gained in terms of a greater understanding of Ali’s international significance, and also to have one’s suspicions confirmed about the world he lived in, that is, the inherent racism and violence built into US society. Unfortunately, not much has changed for blacks or Muslims.

  10. Loz Loory's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    A perfect documentary that weaves together all the political, social, and religious threads of Ali's life. It provides an exceptionally thorough and intelligent overview of the historical moment in which he lived. I only knew him as a boxer. Now I know him as a great American hero of the Civil Rights Movement. His sense of the need to protect his own freedom, at whatever cost, is an inspiring lesson for all citizens.

  11. Esra Yılmaz's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    very respectfull man and a good documentary about his struggle with the us government,press and all the prejudice

  12. umut kuzu's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

  13. DarthVader's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    “Kelebek gibi uçarım, arı gibi sokarım” Beyaz adamın verdiği köle ismiyle yaşamayı reddeden, önce çenesiyle, sonra yumruklarıyla sistemi dövüp benzeten bir adamın hikâyesi. Hep ironik...

  14. Muaz Şeker's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    Bir siyahi olarak İslam'da yeni bir kimlik bulduktan sonra "beyazların sistemi" tarafından Vietnam'a savaşa yollanarak yok edilmek istenen Muhammed Ali'nin Vietnam'daki savaşı reddederek sisteme karşı barışsal mücadelesini analatan müthiş bir belgesel.

  15. Dogukan4Ever's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

  16. msmichel's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    Politically fractured documentary from Bill Siegel (Weather Underground) which seems unsure where to point its finger. The films gaze turns on the 'nation of Islam' and whether Ali was being duped or used by various factions and personalities more than concentrating on the actual legal and political machinations that took place during Ali's long legal battle. The film lacks depth or analysis.

  17. srubarth's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    Powerful documentary. Focuses almost exclusively on his religion and politics. Didn't get much sense on who he was as a person when the cameras were off. Nevertheless, very effective given its focus.

  18. mpho3's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    "Since 9/11, Islam has acquired so many layers, dimensions and textures. When the Nation of Islam was considered as threatening..., traditional Islam was seen as a gentle alternative. And now quite the contrary. The Nation of Islam is seen as a tame domestic version, and traditional Islam is seen as the threatening thing. Muhammad Ali occupies a weird kind of place in that shifting interpretation." - Captain Sam

  19. kingzrule's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    I really enjoyed this, and have just watched I am Ali, too. Both contain some nice insights into a period of time that I recall, but did not know that much about. 'Just a great story about a very charismatic man of our time.

  20. Abdulnaby's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    Nice storytelling; Some new images and perspectives too.

  21. Buddy Love's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    A very touching film about a great man whose principles came first. Why can't there be more Muhammad Ali's.

  22. RobertM's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    A must watch for any Ali fan. Well done and informative.

  23. Zac Weber's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    This is an inspiring film that focuses on the person Muhammad Ali. Bill Siegel creates a cinematic construction of identity. The portrait painted here is of a man who skips along the footprints of the men and women he admires, but also finds himself frustrated by his contemporaries and their lack of vigor. Highly recommended.

  24. mratomic's rating of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    Well made documentary looking into the persecution of Muhammad Ali

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