R | | Biography, Drama, Sport
A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974.
Chicago's Northwest Armory, at 1551 North Kedzie Avenue, doubled as both New York City's Audubon Ballroom backstage and Houston's induction center. The wall to the left as Malcolm X walks down the hallway moments before his death is the opposite side of the wall on the viewer's right when seeing Ali on the drill floor refusing induction. The wall at the end of the hallway and the door through which X walks were constructed for the film, as was the trim around the supply room doors along the side. Unusual for films, the travel through the induction sequence accurately depicts the same building's exterior and interior; the cars pull up in front of the armory on the Kedzie side, the actors walk through the Kedzie foyer, and onto the drill floor, consistent with the building's actual layout. The drill floor was also featured in the video for R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly".
Is that all you got?
When Belinda is confronting Ali about his relationship with Veronica in Zaire, there are Cell Phone antennas clearly visible on the rooftop of next door building. Commercial Cell Phone Networks were 15 years away from being developed in 1974.
The Columbia Pictures logo rolls backwards.
Michael Mann announced in an interview with Steve Weintraub (on January 16, 2015 for 'Collider') that he is planning to release a third version of "Ali" on BluRay: "I did a re-edit of Ali for television that I really liked and I'd like to put out a Blu-ray of that edit. That was a significant re-edit. (...) It happens to move better and it's longer. (...) It's more complete and moves better. Much more dramatic."
English, French, Swahili
$10,216,625 (USA) (23 December 2001)
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