When We Were Kings (1996)

After watching Ali the other week, I decided that the whole execution of The Rumble in the Jungle was fascinating enough to actually search out the Oscar-winning documentary about it.  I don’t have too much to say about it, other than that the amount of footage that was put into it was nothing short of stunning.  It doesn’t just provide a backstory to the building of the fight, but provides historical viewpoints from contemporary artists like Spike Lee, as well as contributing further insight into the fight from people that were there like George Plimpton and Norman Mailer.

There’s even footage from some of the legendary musicians that were along for the trip, James Brown and B.B. King.  Altogether, it’s just a fascinating collection of American history, from the athletics to the characters to the music to how big sports has become, and maybe how far boxing has fallen.  I can’t really say whether or not the movie deserved the Best Documentary Feature Oscar back in 1997 as I have not seen the other nominated movies.  Actually, nuts to that, this was an awesome doc and one that should be seen by anyone that maybe enjoyed Ali or to at least learn more about Muhammad Ali.

4.5 / 5


About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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