Made in Miami

My knowledge of boxing as a whole is rather limited.  I played a boxing game a couple of times on X-Box 360 when I was in college and I watched half of the Rocky movies.  I own a George Foreman grill.  I can name under a dozed boxers on my best day.  Nonetheless, even knowing as little as I do about the sport, I can still tell who is the greatest boxer of all time, no competition.  Muhammad Ali is the king and will most likely be so for the rest of time.  Now there is a new documentary on his life and the critical influences which were had on him.

Starting this August 12th, now available on DVD from PBS Home Video and Paramount Home Entertainment comes the definitive documentary on what made the greatest boxer of all time into the greatest.  Muhammad Ali – Made In Miami is ready to box its way into your living room and bring a world of entertainment and education into your corner.  Bring home this phenomenal documentary today!

Cassius Clay won an Olympic gold in boxing in 1960 and was signed to a boxing contact which led to him coming to Miami to train at the Fifth Street Gym.  He continued to hone his boxing skills, but while living in Overtown, the Harlem of the South, he became aware of his blackness in a whole new way.  He began to focus on his skills as a self-promoter, spoke in rhyme, became a stand-up citizen in his neighborhood.  As he grew better and better at boxing, he attracted the attention of the Nation of Islam and Malcom X.  Ali, given the name by the Nation Of Islam instead of Malcom X and instructed to no longer be friends with X, won two dramatic and fantastic victories against Sonny Liston which made him heavyweight champion of the world.  When his draft status was upped, Ali refused to serve and refused to fight in a war against people he had nothing against.  All of these things were pivotal and captured the imaginations and fears of a nation and they all happened in Miami.

This 60 minute film contains some special features which include a preview of this very documentary and a conversation about the making of this film with the producers.  The conversation itself is very interesting and well worth watching.

This documentary was knee-deep in primary and secondary sources.  There are interviews with Ali’s fight doctor, his trainer, his neighbors, newspaper men, photographers and scores of historians and writers.  To see the influence that the neighborhood of Overtown had on making Ali into Ali is completely fascinating.  This is one the most compelling and involving documentaries I have ever seen made by PBS.  I wholly recommend this film.

Ali is the champ!

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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