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King of the World (2000)

The early career of boxer Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, as he prepares for a title fight against Sonny Liston, while struggling to come to terms with his private and public personas.

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John Sacret Young

Writers:

David Remnick (book), John Sacret Young (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Terrence Howard ... Cassius Clay
Steve Harris ... Sonny Liston
Chi McBride ... Drew 'Bundini' Brown
Vyto Ruginis
Gary Dourdan ... Malcolm X
Carmen Argenziano
John Ventimiglia ... Angelo Dundee
Jason Winer ... Robert Lypsite
Joe Alaskey ... Jackie Gleason
Brandon Smith ... Bill Barnstable
Rodger Boyce ... Bill McDonald
Phyllis Cicero Phyllis Cicero ... Mrs. Geraldine Liston
Jerry Haynes ... Jimmy Cannon
Steve Shearer ... Jack Nilon / Kilon
Vince Davis Vince Davis ... Izzy Sharnik
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The early career of boxer Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, as he prepares for a title fight against Sonny Liston, while struggling to come to terms with his private and public personas.

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Float like a butterfly. Sting like a bee... Become a legend.

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Muhammad Ali: King of the World See more »

Filming Locations:

Galveston, Texas, USA See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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I Wasn`t Convinced
9 June 2003 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

I didn`t really hold out much hope for this TVM as I stuck it in the DVD player and after watching it my instincts had been proved right . Terrance Howard who bares absolutely no physical or vocal resemblance to Clay/Ali seems totally miscast . I can`t think of one single actor who`s given a convincing portrayal of Ali onscreen but I would say Howard`s is certainly the worst , but to be fair to him he`s not helped by the script . I`ve not read the source book this screenplay is based upon but I`ve a feeling the book may have taken liberties with a few facts . So it was a wrestling champion who made Ali believe in himself was it ? Yeah whatever . Of course it`s impossible to mention Ali without mentioning his conversion to Islam but it`s implied here that Cassius Clay wouldn`t have amounted to much if it wasn`t for Malcolm X . Well I don`t believe this for a moment , self belief is not something that can be conditioned into someone and few people in the 20th century have had as much self belief as Clay/Ali so give this biopic a miss


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