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When We Were Kings

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Genres: Documentary, Sport
Starring: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King
Director: Leon Gast
Plot Synopsis:

In 1974, Leon Gast traveled to Africa to film Zaire 74, a music festival planned to accompany an unprecedented sports spectacle: the Rumble in the Jungle, in which late-career underdog Muhammad Ali would contend with the younger powerhouse George Foreman for the boxing heavyweight championship title—“a fight between two blacks in a black nation, organized by blacks,” as a Kinshasa billboard put it. When the main event was delayed, extending Ali’s stay in Africa, Gast wound up amassing a treasure trove of footage, capturing the wildly charismatic athlete training for one of the toughest bouts of his career while basking in his role as black America’s proud ambassador to postcolonial Africa. Two decades in the making, When We Were Kings features interviews with Norman Mailer and George Plimpton that illustrate the sensational impact of the fight, rounding out an Academy Award–winning portrait of Ali that captures his charm, grace, and defiance.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: October 22nd, 2019
    Movie Release Year: 1996
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:87 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.78:1
    Audio Formats:English 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio
    Special Features:Soul Power, a 2009 documentary about the Zaire 74 music festival directed by Jeffrey Kusama-HinteNew interviews with producers Taylor Hackford and David SonenbergInterview from 1997 with director Leon GastTrailerPLUS: An essay by critic Kelefa Sanneh