HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Leatherface
Grimsby
Caniba
Bedroom, The
Dark Tower, The
Better Watch Out
Beguiled, The
Year of the Comet
Levelling, The
Dog Days
Annabelle Creation
Once Upon a Time in Shanghai
Sssssss
Woman in Question, The
Atomic Blonde
Doulos, Le
Okja
Bob le Flambeur
Wedding in White
Léon Morin, Priest
Napping Princess, The
Scorpions and Miniskirts
Berlin File, The
Beaches of Agnès, The
Blue Jeans
Garokawa - Restore the World
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Gleaners & I, The
Peter of Placid Forest
Golden Bird, The
   
 
Newest Articles
Music, Love and Flowers: Monterey Pop on Blu-ray
The Melville Mood: His Final Two Films on The Melville Collection Blu-ray
Always Agnès: 3 from The Varda Collection Blu-ray
Re: Possession of Vehicles - Killer Cars, Trucks and a Vampire Motorcycle
The Whicker Kicker: Whicker's World Vols 5&6 on DVD
The Empress, the Mermaid and the Princess Bride: Three 80s Fantasy Movies
Witching Hour: Hammer House of Horror on Blu-ray
Two Sides of Sellers: The Party vs The Optimists
Norse Code: The Vikings vs The Long Ships
Over the Moon - Space: 1999 The Complete Series on Blu-ray Part 2
   
 
  When We Were Kings Clash Of The TitansBuy this film here.
Year: 1996
Director: Leon Gast
Stars: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King, James Brown, Norman Mailer, George Plimpton, Mobutu Sese Seko, Spike Lee, B.B. King
Genre: Documentary
Rating:  8 (from 1 vote)
Review: An account of one of the most celebrated boxing matches of all time - the "Rumble in the Jungle", the 1974 world heavyweight fight in Zaire between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.

Leon Gast's film took over twenty years to be made due to arguments over the rights to his footage, but it was worth the wait. Gast covers the whole event from the accompanying music festival right up to the fight itself, interspersed with commentary by Spike Lee, George Plimpton and Norman Mailer.

Some of the film's best moments are where you simply get to hear Ali's near-incessant talk, whether he's goading Foreman, voicing his disappointment about the fight's six week delay, or even giving advice on dental hygiene. This is Ali's film, and watching the most famous man in the world at that time you're in no doubt as to his wit, charisma and importance in history (black pride is a major theme of the film). If you're a Foreman fan, you might feel a little short-changed - note the differing receptions Ali and Foreman get on their arrival in Zaire.

You may start to get a little impatient waiting for the actual fight itself, but there is much to hold the interest, not least the superb montages set to the concert music of the Spinners, B.B. King and James Brown. When the match finally arrives, it's made even more momentous by the excellent commentary by Mailer who builds up the clash to be something of mythic proportions. Maybe some day in the future it will be: it's one of the few events where the whole world was watching that didn't involve loads of people dying.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 5566 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Robin Askwith
Mark Wahlberg
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
Andrew Pragasam
Keith Rockmael
Paul Shrimpton
Ian Phillips
Jensen Breck
   

 

Last Updated: