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When We Were Kings

Rated PG for images of violence, brief nudity and some language.

PG In Theaters 02/14/1997 , 84min.
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Washington Post
For those who want to relive Ali's glory days, and for those who think Ali was nothing but a prizefighter, this movie, which took the struggling Gast 20 years to get financed, is required viewing. Full Review
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
When We Were Kings, which was put together by Taylor Hackford and Leon Gast, is a patchy movie that fails to rise to the grace and articulation of its main attraction. But it has Ali, and when he's on-screen, that's enough. Full Review
Desson Howe
Washington Post
For those who want to relive Ali's glory days, and for those who think Ali was nothing but a prizefighter, this movie, which took the struggling Gast 20 years to get financed, is required viewing. Full Review
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
On a deeper level -- and this is where When We Were Kings exceeds its expectations and becomes a great film -- Gast examines African American pride. Full Review
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
A wonderfully nostalgic, and occasionally insightful, window into the recent past. Full Review

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