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Plot, Details & Awards

Ali

(2001)

Rated R for some language and brief violence.

R In Theaters 12/25/2001 , 158min.
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Plot & Details

Notoriously obsessive director Michael Mann and star Will Smith devoted nearly two years and over 100 million dollars from the coffers of Columbia Pictures and other financiers to creating this biography of boxing great Muhammad Ali, which focuses on the ten-year period of 1964-1974. In that time, the brash, motor-mouthed athlete quickly dominates his sport, meets and marries his first wife (Jada Pinkett-Smith), converts to Islam (changing his name from Cassius Clay), and defies the United States government by refusing to submit to military conscription for duty in Vietnam. His world heavyweight champion title thus stripped from him entirely for political reasons, the champ sets about to win back his crown, culminating in a legendary unification bout against George Foreman (Charles Shufford) in Zaire, dubbed the "Rumble in the Jungle." In his travels, Ali becomes a symbol of power to disenfranchised African-Americans everywhere and meets such luminaries as Malcolm X (Mario Van Peebles), Martin Luther King Jr. (LeVar Burton) and Maya Angelou (Martha Edgerton). Ali features an all-star supporting cast that includes Jon Voight, Giancarlo Esposito, Jamie Foxx, Nona Gaye, Michael Michele, Joe Morton, Paul Rodriguez, Ron Silver, Mykelti Williamson, and Jeffrey Wright.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Will Smith Nominated
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Jon Voight Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Will Smith Nominated
2001 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Jon Voight Nominated
2001 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Pieter Bourke Nominated
2001 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Lisa Gerrard Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated
2001 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Jon Voight Nominated
2001 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Actor Will Smith Nominated

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