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Generously illustrated with movie stills, historical photos, and posters in a stunning four-color book design—the only official tie-in to the new film, starring Will Smith and directed by Michael Mann (The Insider). Includes over 200 images, the screenplay, behind-the-scenes stories, and writings by Norman Mailer, George Plimpton, Wilfred Sheed, David Remnick, Thomas Hauser, and Pete Hamill, among others. Filmed in five months in six cities throughout America and Africa, Ali focuses on 1964-1974, from the night ...

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Generously illustrated with movie stills, historical photos, and posters in a stunning four-color book design—the only official tie-in to the new film, starring Will Smith and directed by Michael Mann (The Insider). Includes over 200 images, the screenplay, behind-the-scenes stories, and writings by Norman Mailer, George Plimpton, Wilfred Sheed, David Remnick, Thomas Hauser, and Pete Hamill, among others. Filmed in five months in six cities throughout America and Africa, Ali focuses on 1964-1974, from the night in Miami when 23-year-old Cassius Clay beat Sonny Liston for the heavyweight title, to the stunning upset in Africa ten years later when the fighter regained his crown from a hugely favored George Foreman. With the real Muhammad Ali involved in the filmmaking, as well as his close friend photographer Howard Bingham (who is also a character in the film), Ali takes us into the ring, the strategy sessions, the bedrooms, and straight into the mind and heart of the man who, as biographer Thomas Hauser wrote, "has become a legend in his own lifetime." Superstar Will Smith trained for nearly a full year before the cameras rolled, transforming himself from a 185-pound actor to a 220-pound athlete.

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Monique Greenwood runs a bed and breakfast, owns a restaurant and a coffee shop and is editor-in-chief of Essence. In Having What Matters: The Black Woman's Guide to Creating the Life You Really Want, the superwoman offers feel-good advice for "sistahs." Readers will feel compelled to listen to her; after all, she started at "ground zero" and worked her way up to the top. She tells how she did it and adapts her story to a self-help format in nine chapters, among them "A Great Career," "Financial Freedom," "A Sexy Soul Mate" and "Leaving the World a Better Place." (Morrow, $25 256p ISBN 0-688-17509-0) Inspirational in its own way, Ali: The Movie and the Man is the official companion to the film starring Will Smith as Muhammad Ali. The book features an introduction by director Michael Mann and writings about Ali by Norman Mailer, George Plimpton, David Remnick and others, along with movie stills and archival photos of the smug, playful and energetic fighter and performer. Readers, filmgoers and boxing fans will appreciate this volume, which is not only an homage to the man whose famous phrase "I am the greatest!" still rings true, but also a tribute to Mann's film. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Muhammad Ali is arguably the most famous athlete the world has ever known. His amazing talent in the ring was barely a match for his brash yet personable showmanship. He had a way with words that made people love him despite his seemingly boundless ego. And he had the fists to back up his mouth. His given name was Cassius Clay. This companion book to the 2001 motion picture starring Will Smith is loaded with information and photographs that span the gamut of Ali's career, from Olympic gold medal winner to heavyweight champion of the world. The complete screenplay to the film is included. A large amount of space is given to the actors who portrayed the real-life men and women in Ali's life, including Smith and Mario Van Peebles, who plays Malcolm X, a critical figure in Ali's conversion to Islam. Sketches, interviews, and quotations from Ali's heyday fill the pages, providing insight into his experience as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, his many championship fights, and his current heart-wrenching bout with Parkinson's disease. These anecdotes, coupled with some of the finest athletic photographs ever shot (many by longtime Ali friend, Howard Bingham), make this a must-own for sports memorabilia collectors everywhere. 2001, Newmarket Press,
— Christopher Moning <%ISBN%>1557045100
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This book, the official companion publication to the recently released movie Ali, collects remembrances, commentaries, and news clips from the champ himself, his friends and colleagues, and the actors who portrayed them. Liberally sprinkled with historic photos and movie stills, the collection follows Muhammad Ali's story from his introduction to boxing through winning his first championship bout, embracing the Muslim religion, being indicted for refusing to be drafted, and ultimately being acquitted and returning to boxing. The book finishes with the complete screenplay. Those who enjoyed the movie will be interested in the details of Will Smith's physical transformation for the role of Ali, as well as the painstaking restoration and historic detail put into filming, but readers should not confuse this book with an official biography. The photographs will draw the attention of reluctant readers, as will the individual remembrances, which are broken into separate, small paragraphs. Students even might pick up a flavor of the social atmosphere in America during Ali's reign. The story tells a one-sided view of Ali, however, and plugs the movie's actors and director. Additionally, some sections fail to identify the commentator's connection to Ali or the movie. This book is not likely to stand the test of time as an insightful documentation of Ali's life; however, it might find some interest among Ali fans,
— Joyce Doyle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557045126
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/30/2001
  • Series: Newmarket Pictorial Moviebook Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.26 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Roth, the screenwriter, won the Oscar® for Best Adapted Screenplay for Forrest Gump (1994). He also co-wrote the Oscar®-nominated screenplay for Michael Mann's The Insider (1999) and for Steven Spielberg's Munich (2005).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
The Resume 13
The Cast 16
Round 1 18
1964 21
Clay the Contender 23
Louisville Boy 26
Playing an Icon: Will Smith on Ali 31
In Cassius' Corner 34
A Fighter Who Can Act 38
Ali vs. Liston I 43
Round 2 48
A change gonna come 51
Citizen of Islam 52
Malcolm, the Mentor 57
Discovering Africa 61
Stand by Me 62
Road Work: Re-creating Ali's America 66
Sonji: Scent of a Woman 70
Ali vs. Liston II 72
Round 3 76
Ain't got no quarrel 79
Champion Under Siege 80
Ali and the Press 83
Lacking Due Process 87
Family Man 89
Bundini: Poet of the Streets 90
Ali on the Set 95
Round 4 96
1974 99
Coming Back 101
Don King's "Rumble in the Jungle" 102
The Homecoming 107
Foreman the Invincible 108
On Location: Africa 110
The Once and Future Champ 115
The Screenplay 120
Film Credits 174
Further Reading and Viewing 175
Acknowledgments 176
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2002

    The Greatest Performance Of All Time

    Will Smith gave the performance of his lifetime, watching him in this role he made me feel as if he were the real Ali. Smith did a spectactular job and I think the best is yet to come.

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