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"Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee."

Cassius Clay came onto the boxing scene in full in the year 1964, right after he won the gold medal in the Olympics. Cassius believed that he was the greatest boxer of all time, and there were many words to describe his attitude: cocky, brash, bold and outspoken were just a few. Still, his self-confidence radiated throughout the African American community and around the world.

With a boxing style that was quick, agile and like no other, Clay eventually wins the heavyweight championship. His trash-talking, rhyming style of wordplay was very intimidating, and coupled with his skills in the ring he was almost unbeatable. As a member of the Nation of Islam and devout Muslim, he changed his name to Muhammad Ali, which raised a lot of controversy.

One of Ali’s greatest challenges was when the draft rules changed, and he was to be inducted into the Vietnam War. The boxer refused to fight for a country that was racist towards African-Americans, even though the U.S. military proposed to make it an easy tour of duty for the world famous boxer. After standing up for what he believed was right, it became illegal for him to fight in the U.S. while his case went through the long, tedious court process.

Ali eventually faced a prison sentence of five years as his case gets pushed to the Supreme Court. As far as his personal life, Muhammed Ali was married twice from 1964 through 1974 (this is the time frame that the film is set in). From the time that he first became champion up until he regained the championship, there’s an array of political and religious issues. The fights that Ali are in signify what is going on in his real life, and tie in with the emotion and pride that he felt each day inside the ring, among his colleagues and friends, or with his family.

| 2001 | | 6.8/10 | 65/100
Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles
Columbia Pictures
Michael Mann

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