When We Were Kings

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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age 14+

Thrilling boxing docu covers race, politics; some profanity.

PG 1997 84 minutes

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age 10+

Muhammad Ali was arguably the most influential American figure - not just in sports - of the late 20th century.

This is a perfect film to show kids the value of sacrifice and sticking to your beliefs. Ali gave up everything on principle - and he fought back, against all odds, to reclaim what was rightfully his. Add that to the sheer drama of the fight itself, which may have been the greatest in heavyweight history (it certainly was the greatest comeback and biggest upset in heavyweight history.) Finally, you’ve got huge cultural context; a clear-eyed view on race; and the amazing commentary by a pair of literary giants, Norman Mailer and George Plimpton. There’s violence, a little nudity, and a great soundtrack. Every kid should know who Ali was, and this movie is probably the best way to accomplish that goal.

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Ali

Very informative . I wasn’t looking forward to watching (my dads choice) as I thought it was all about Muhammad Ali. It is so much more. Very historical . About the 70’s , blacks and segregation, unforgettable musicians (like BB King)

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