Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight


Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013)


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In 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court debates the conscientious-objector status of boxer Muhammad Ali, who was stripped of his heavyweight title and banned from the sport for refusing to be drafted based on his religious opposition to the Vietnam War.

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Benjamin Walker
as Kevin Connolly
Christopher Plummer
as John Harlan II
Danny Glover
as Thurgood Marshall
Ed Begley Jr.
as Harry Blackmun
Frank Langella
as Warren E. Burger
Harris Yulin
as William O. Douglas
Fritz Weaver
as Hugo Black
Barry Levinson
as Potter Stewart
John Bedford Lloyd
as Bryon "Whizzer" White
Peter Gerety
as William Brennan Jr.
Pablo Schreiber
as Covert Becker
Ben Steinfeld
as Sam Edelstein
Kathleen Chalfant
as Ethel Harlan
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Critic Reviews for Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (6)

All in all, it's a worthy subject to be sure. It just probably isn't the subject you might have expected.

Oct 4, 2013 | Full Review…

Whether the film gets all the nuances right is hard for civilians to say. But round for round, the fight is surprisingly lively.

Oct 4, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The actors make Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight seem better than it is, but the real Ali, with all his youth, vigor, bravado and passion, convinces us that he and his case deserved much better.

Oct 4, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's a Supreme Court movie that even the most fervent SCOTUS junkies might find underwhelming.

Oct 3, 2013 | Full Review…

Filled with interesting tidbits, director Stephen Frears' film never quite coalesces - floating like a butterfly, all right, but delivering so little sting as to barely leave a mark.

Oct 2, 2013 | Full Review…
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Frears's drama is harmless; it stings like a butterfly.

May 22, 2013 | Full Review…
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