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      City of Ali

      2021 1h 21m Documentary List
      89% Tomatometer 9 Reviews City of Ali is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of how the death of Muhammad Ali brought the people of his Kentucky hometown – and the world – together for one unforgettable week. Ali’s passing on June 3, 2016, came in the context of a bitter U.S. presidential election, a proposed Muslim ban and the global expansion of the Black Lives Matter movement. Yet on the day of Ali’s funeral procession, more than 100,000 people lined the streets of Louisville to celebrate his life, and an estimated one billion people worldwide watched events like Ali’s memorial, held in the packed KFC YUM! Center as stories of the Louisville Lip’s wit, generosity, swagger and commitment to justice were retold by President Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal, Lonnie Ali, and many others. City of Ali explores Ali’s lifelong relationship with his hometown through candid interviews with friends and relatives whose history with The Champ dates back to his childhood at 3302 Grand Avenue, and who share stories even devoted Ali fans have never heard. We also get behind-the scenes accounts of this unprecedented celebration of one man’s life from those who planned the events. We also hear thoughtful reflections from visitors such as NBC’s Craig Melvin, TV legend Dick Cavett, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, 4-time Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield, ESPN’s Hannah Storm and many others who gathered in Louisville to answer the question, “How do you say good-bye to The Greatest?” Read More Read Less

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      Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor The film is decidedly hagiographic but, in a time of heightened racial unrest, it's worth being reminded of the fighter Ali's origins. Rated: 4/5 Jun 21, 2021 Full Review Odie Henderson RogerEbert.com Like many of the onscreen interviewees, I found myself tearing up several times, even when I knew the film was taking quick jabs at my tear ducts. Rated: 3.5/4 Jun 4, 2021 Full Review Ben Kenigsberg New York Times Muhammad Ali is probably already the most dramatized and documentarized athlete in film history, and "City of Ali" makes for an extremely lightweight addition to the former heavyweight champion's cinematic universe. Jun 3, 2021 Full Review Charles Solomon FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) It really is quite moving. It's a little too long... but an interesting film altogether. Jun 8, 2021 Full Review Danielle Solzman Solzy at the Movies City of Ali could be longer but the documentary is a solid addition to the Muhammad Ali film canon--one that comes with a Louisville-based lens. Jun 4, 2021 Full Review Roger Moore Movie Nation The death of Breonna Taylor...dampens, in ways the filmmakers could not have foreseen, an upbeat film Rated: 3/4 Jun 4, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis City of Ali is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of how the death of Muhammad Ali brought the people of his Kentucky hometown – and the world – together for one unforgettable week. Ali’s passing on June 3, 2016, came in the context of a bitter U.S. presidential election, a proposed Muslim ban and the global expansion of the Black Lives Matter movement. Yet on the day of Ali’s funeral procession, more than 100,000 people lined the streets of Louisville to celebrate his life, and an estimated one billion people worldwide watched events like Ali’s memorial, held in the packed KFC YUM! Center as stories of the Louisville Lip’s wit, generosity, swagger and commitment to justice were retold by President Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal, Lonnie Ali, and many others. City of Ali explores Ali’s lifelong relationship with his hometown through candid interviews with friends and relatives whose history with The Champ dates back to his childhood at 3302 Grand Avenue, and who share stories even devoted Ali fans have never heard. We also get behind-the scenes accounts of this unprecedented celebration of one man’s life from those who planned the events. We also hear thoughtful reflections from visitors such as NBC’s Craig Melvin, TV legend Dick Cavett, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, 4-time Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield, ESPN’s Hannah Storm and many others who gathered in Louisville to answer the question, “How do you say good-bye to The Greatest?”
      Director
      Graham Shelby
      Producer
      Jonathan McHugh
      Production Co
      Song Stew Entertainment
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 4, 2021
      Runtime
      1h 21m
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