When We Were Kings

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REVIEWED: 04-16-97

This Oscar-winning documentary about the media circus that surrounded 1974's "Rumble in the Jungle," is the most intense accounting of a sporting event I've ever witnessed. But like all great stories, When We Were Kings is about so much more than its simple subject. This isn't just about the time that Muhammad Ali fought George Foreman in Zaire. With pundits like Spike Lee and George Plimpton narrating the epic tale, Kings exudes all the mythic resonance of Gilgamesh and Enkidu knocking each other through the streets of Babylon. Exceptional.

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