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Notoriously obsessive director Michael Mann and star Will Smith devoted nearly two years and over 100 million dollars from the coffers of Columbia Pictures and other financiers to creating this biography of boxing great Muhammad Ali, which focuses on the ten-year period of 1964-1974. In that time, the brash, motor-mouthed athlete quickly dominates his sport, meets and marries his first wife (Jada Pinkett-Smith), converts to Islam (changing his name from Cassius Clay), and defies the United States government by refusing to submit to military conscription for duty in Vietnam. His world heavyweight champion title thus stripped from him entirely for political reasons, the champ sets about to win back his crown, culminating in a legendary unification bout against George Foreman (Charles Shufford) in Zaire, dubbed the "Rumble in the Jungle." In his travels, Ali becomes a symbol of power to disenfranchised African-Americans everywhere and meets such luminaries as Malcolm X (Mario Van Peebles), Martin Luther King Jr. (LeVar Burton) and Maya Angelou (Martha Edgerton). Ali features an all-star supporting cast that includes Jon Voight, Giancarlo Esposito, Jamie Foxx, Nona Gaye, Michael Michele, Joe Morton, Paul Rodriguez, Ron Silver, Mykelti Williamson, and Jeffrey Wright. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:December 25, 2001

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Lisa Gerrard Best Original Score 2001 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Pieter Bourke Best Original Score 2001 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jon Voight Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2001 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Jon Voight Best Supporting Actor 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jon Voight Best Supporting Actor 2001 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Will Smith Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2001 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Will Smith Best Actor 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Will Smith Best Actor 2001 Nominee

Cast

Will Smith
as Muhammad Ali
Jamie Foxx
as Drew "Bundini" Brown
Jon Voight
as Howard Cosell
Mario Van Peebles
as Malcolm X
Ron Silver
as Angelo Dundee
Jeffrey Wright
as Howard Bingham
Mykelti Williamson
as Don King
Nona Gaye
as Belinda
Michael Michele
as Veronica
Joe Morton
as Chancy Eskridge
Paul Rodriguez
as Dr. Ferdie Pacheco
Bruce McGill
as Bradley
Barry "Shabaka" Henley
as Herbert Muhammad
Giancarlo Esposito
as Cassius Clay Sr.
LeVar Burton
as Martin Luther King Jr.
Albert Hall
as Elijah Muhammad
David Cubitt
as Robert Lipsyte
Ted Levine
as Joe Smiley
Candy Ann Brown
as Odessa
Shari Watson
as Woman Singer
Malick Bowens
as Joseph Mobutu
Michael Bentt
as Sonny Liston
James N. Toney
as Joe Frazier
Alfred Cole
as Ernie Terrell
Charles Shufford
as George Foreman
Victoria Dillard
as Betty Shabazz
Brad Greenquist
as Marlin Thomas
David Haines
as Rudy Clay/Rahaman Ali
Doug Hale
as Judge Ingraham
Kim Robillard
as Jimmy Cannon
Gailard Sartain
as Gordon Davidson
William Utay
as The Doctor
David Hess
James Gilbert
as Sparring Partner in Africa
Maestro Harrell
as Young Cassius Clay
Millard Arnold
as Doc Broadus
Jean Bikoi
as Additional Aide to Mobutu
Edda Collier
as Blond French reporter
Rufus Dorsey
as Floyd Patterson
Themba Gasa
as Idi Amin
Marc Grapey
as Bob Arum
Cimanga Kalambay
as Additional Aide to Mobutu
Nathaniel Malekane
as Archie Moore
Henrikennyo Mukenyi
as Bula
Mark Mulder
as Reporter
Zaa Nkweta
as Foreman Fight Announcer
Robert Sale
as Jerry Quarry
LaDonna Tittle
as Bundini's landlady
Maya Van Peebles
as Malcolm X's daughter
Guy Van Swearingen
as Induction FBI man
Jada Pinkett Smith
as Sonji
John Ortiz
as Madison Square Garden reporter
Brandon T. Jackson
Henrikennyo Mukenyi
as Bula
David Haines
as Rudy Clay/Rahaman Ali
Brad Greenquist
as Marlin Thomas
Jean Bikoi
as Additional Aide to Mobutu
John Ortiz
as Madison Square Garden reporter
LaDonna Tittle
as Bundini's landlady
Robert Sale
as Jerry Quarry
James Gilbert
as Sparring Partner in Africa
William Utay
as The Doctor
Guy Van Swearingen
as Induction FBI man
Kim Robillard
as Jimmy Cannon
Victoria Dillard
as Betty Shabazz
Jada Pinkett Smith
as Sonji
Mark Mulder
as Reporter
Doug Hale
as Judge Ingraham
Maya Van Peebles
as Malcolm X's daughter
Cimanga Kalambay
as Additional Aide to Mobutu
Nathaniel Malekane
as Archie Moore
Gailard Sartain
as Gordon Davidson
Zaa Nkweta
as Foreman Fight Announcer
Millard Arnold
as Doc Broadus
Edda Collier
as Blond French reporter
Themba Gasa
as Idi Amin
Marc Grapey
as Bob Arum
Maestro Harrell
as Young Cassius Clay
Rufus Dorsey
as Floyd Patterson

Crew

Michael Mann
Director
Michael Mann
Producer
Jon Peters
Producer
James Lassiter
Producer
Lee Caplin
Producer
Paul Ardaji
Producer
A. Kitman Ho
Producer
Gregory Allen Howard
Screen Story
Stephen J. Rivele
Screenwriter
Michael Mann
Screenwriter
Eric Roth
Screenwriter
Emmanuel Lubezki
Cinematographer
Pieter Bourke
Composer (Music Score)
Lisa Gerrard
Composer (Music Score)
William C. Goldenberg
Editor
Stephen E. Rivkin
Editor
Lynzee Klingman
Editor
John Myhre
Production Designer
Audrey Soodoo-Raphael
Art Director
Ebow Prah
Art Director
Jonathan Lee
Art Director
Tomas Voth
Art Director
Jon Townley
Art Director
Christopher Bass
Art Director
Bill Rea
Art Director
John D. Schofield
Co-producer
Michael Waxman
Co-producer
Kathleen M. Shea
Associate Producer
Gusmano Cesaretti
Associate Producer
Howard Bingham
Executive Producer
Graham King
Executive Producer
Jim Kent
Set Designer
Lynn Christopher
Set Designer
Jonathan Hely-Hutchinson
Set Designer
Nicholas Scott
Set Designer
Marcos Alvarez
Set Designer
Jim Erickson
Set Designer
Nadia Sultanegy
Set Designer
Paulo Mondlane
Set Designer
Kim Du Plessis
Costume Designer
Marlene Stewart
Costume Designer
Dihantus Engelbrecht
Costume Designer
Darkowaa Tsibu
Costume Designer
Gina Panno
Costume Designer
Reza Levy
Costume Designer
Cathy Kukard
Costume Designer
Carolyn Schnitzer
Costume Designer
Lee Orloff
Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Waxman
First Assistant Director
Roy Anderson
Stunts
Richard Lexsee
Stunts
Kevin Morrow
Stunts
David Dontoh
Casting
Victoria Thomas
Casting
Richard Sprawson
Sound Mixer
Alison E. McBryde
Casting
Stephen Durante
Leadman
Gilles Boisacq
Grip
Craig Henighan
Sound Effects Director
Joe Matlou
Electrician
Joe Mnisi
Grip
Michael Tinger
Post Production Supervisor
Jeffrey Cook
Best Boy Electric
Ben Beukes
Electrician
Margaret Prentice
Prosthetic Makeup Effects
Goro Koyama
Foley Artist
Collen Rampedi
Grip
Willie Makuvela
Electrician
Karyn Lyman
Casting Assistant
Pepsi Mahanisi
Electrician
Michael Haight
Dialogue Editor
Greg Cannom
Makeup Special Effects
Bernie de Wet
Electrician
Christopher Wheeldon
Unit Production Manager
Dudley Fillies
Electrician
Jose Mahumane
Electrician
Mark Yardas
Dialogue Editor
Andre Kemp
Electrician
Julie Herrin
Second Assistant Director
Bill Wynn
Dolly Grip
Dan Yale
Dialogue Editor
Mitchell Bell
Production Coordinator
Andy Malcolm
Foley Artist
John Friday
Chief Lighting Technician
Bryan H. Carroll
Associate Editor
Andries Ngaleka
Electrician
Stuart Waks
Additional Editing
David W. Krummel
Assistant Art Director
Beverly Visitacion
Assistant Location Manager
Kevin de la Noy
Unit Production Manager
Patrick Botha
Electrician
Karen Spangenberg
Dialogue Editor
Mary Kim
Production Supervisor
Julie Hannum
Assistant Location Manager
Catania McCoy-Howze
Makeup
Michael Diersing
Construction Coordinator
Chanel Salzer-Chadock
Assistant Location Manager
Scot Tinsley
Foley Editor
Beverly House
Makeup
Shaughnessy Hare
Assistant Sound Editor
Joseph Themba
Electrician
Thomas Hayslip
Production Supervisor
Romaine Greene
Hair Styles
Kitty Terry
Assistant Location Manager
Gareth Viner
Electrician
Kenneth Fisher
Electrician
Edgar Chissico
Electrician
Joel Kramer
Stunts Coordinator
Guy Micheletti
Key Grip
Caulo Amade
Electrician
Janice Polley
Location Manager
Demetra Diamantopoulos
Location Manager
Annette Keet
Hair Styles
Nick Rankin
Grip
Mark Mamalakis
Assistant Location Manager
Leslie Oliver
Visual Effects Producer
Brian Risner
Sound Effects Director
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