Ali: An American Hero

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Ali: An American Hero
Written by Jamal Joseph
Directed by Leon Ichaso
Starring David Ramsey
Clarence Williams III
Joe Morton
Vondie Curtis-Hall
Martin Ferrero

Antonio Fargas
Khalil Kain
Earl Boen
Aaron Meeks
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Thomas Carter
Richard M. Rothstein
Ian Sander
Running time 120 minutes
Original network FOX
Original release August 31, 2000

Ali: An American Hero is an American television film which aired on August 31, 2000 on FOX. It chronicles portions of the career of heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali, who is portrayed by David Ramsey.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

Cassius Clay (David Ramsey), winner of the gold medal for boxing in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics, rises in the professional ranks and defeats heavyweight boxing champion Sonny Liston in a stunning upset to capture the title in 1964. Controversy surrounds his decision to join the Nation of Islam, his name change from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, his friendship with Malcolm X (Joe Morton), and his conscientious objection to the draft during the Vietnam War. Stripped of his title, he eventually recaptures it in 1974 in the so-called "Rumble in the Jungle"—an epic bout against George Foreman in Zaire.

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Ali: An American Hero was released on DVD on January 27, 2004.


  1. ^ Rebecca Flint Marx. "Ali: An American Hero (2000)". 

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