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The Trials of Muhammad Ali

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Bill Siegel

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About the Movie

From his Louisville roots, through his years in exile, to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” traces the boxing legend’s path from poet to pariah to global ambassador for peace. What emerges is the hidden history of Muhammad Ali, revealing his journey toward a full spiritual embrace of Islam and his humanitarian work around the world. Featuring never before seen interviews and archival footage, the challenges Ali faced go far beyond the boxing ring and ultimately encompass issues of power, race, faith, and identity that confront us all.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 38
  • Fresh: 34
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The saga of Ali's refusal to be drafted during Vietnam becomes a profile in courage -- a tale of shocking vilification and faith lost and found. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 12, 2013

Fresh: The heavyweight champ's controversial political views are reexamined in this stirring, fascinating documentary. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Sep 26, 2013

Fresh: An intriguing portrait of a man who never wavered no matter what the world threw at him. Which was a lot. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Sep 26, 2013

Fresh: An invigorating doc brings the long-forgotten controversy to life. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Sep 11, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Great Documentary!

Excellent documentary: It shows how a person can become enlightened and evolve universal. Even in the middle of some of his "dark" assumptions, you will find undeniable truth and humor.

Best Documentary on Ali

I went and saw this when it came to Detroit in December. I was blown away from the history never discussed about Ali. One thing I would like to say it was amazing to see our history transform over time. Back when Ali became a muslim in the Nation of Islam was considered a radical black militant, but the religion of Islam overseas was considered peaceful. Now fast forward today the Nation of Islam is not talked about anymore and we have a stereotype that Islam overseas is radical now. WOW!

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