The Resource Muhammad Ali's greatest fight, HBO Films presents a Rainmark Films production in association with Sakura Films ; a Stephen Frears film ; directed by Stephen Frears ; produced by Scott Ferguson ; written by Shawn Slovo

Muhammad Ali's greatest fight, HBO Films presents a Rainmark Films production in association with Sakura Films ; a Stephen Frears film ; directed by Stephen Frears ; produced by Scott Ferguson ; written by Shawn Slovo

Label
Muhammad Ali's greatest fight
Title
Muhammad Ali's greatest fight
Statement of responsibility
HBO Films presents a Rainmark Films production in association with Sakura Films ; a Stephen Frears film ; directed by Stephen Frears ; produced by Scott Ferguson ; written by Shawn Slovo
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Actor
Film director
Film producer
Production company
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • spa
  • eng
  • por
  • spa
  • chi
  • tha
  • eng
Summary
Looks at Muhammad Ali's historic Supreme Court battle from behind closed doors. When Ali was drafted into the Vietnam War at the height of his boxing career, his claim to conscientious objector status led to a controversial legal battle that rattled the U.S. judicial system right up to the highest court in the land. This HBO movie is a look at Muhammad Ali's historic Supreme Court battle for Conscientious Objector status to the Vietnam War, and a portrait of the changing tides of this country during that turbulent time. Guided by his principles, Ali refused induction into the Army, enduring a protracted legal battle that saw him convicted of draft evasion, stripped of his boxing title, and banned from the sport. Meanwhile, as anti-war sentiment grows across America, Chief Justice Warren Burger (FRANK LANGELLA) ushers in the dawn of a new conservative era on the Court. At the start of the 1970-71 term, his conservative compatriot, Justice John Harlan II (CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER), interviews left-leaning, anti-war Kevin Kennedy (BENJAMIN WALKER) to serve as his clerk. But for Harlan, a rigorous and fair-minded jurist, politics and personal opinion have no place in the law, and he hires Kennedy for his substantial intellect. When the Court hears Ali's case, the majority votes to deny Ali. Burger assigns Harlan to write the opinion, a task that Harlan passes along to Kennedy. Kennedy struggles with the decision, and in researching Ali's beliefs, Kennedy realizes that Ali does fulfill all the conditions for Conscientious Objector status. But when he presents his findings to Harlan, the Justice rejects his opinion. Unable to support what he feels is an unjust decision, Kennedy writes it as he is told but agonizes over his resignation letter. Harlan, recently diagnosed with cancer and facing the end of his career, is convinced to read the Black Muslims' leader Elijah Muhammad's book Message to the Blackman in America and subsequently reconsiders his passionate young clerk's recommendation. The usually stoic and careful Harlan flips his vote, creating a 4-4 tie. Knowing a tie vote will still result in Ali going to jail, Harlan lobbies the other Justices to find the decisive fifth vote. After Harlan's friend, Justice Potter Stewart, helps form a narrower opinion, the Justices, Warren Burger included, change their votes in order to overturn Ali's conviction. Ali goes on to win the World Champion title for the second time
Cataloging source
TEFMT
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Director of photography, Jim Denault ; music, George Fenton
Dewey number
791.45/72
Intended audience
Rating: TVMA
Language note
English or Spanish dialogue; optional English, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai or Chinese subtitles
LC call number
GV1132.A44
LC item number
M84 2013
PerformerNote
Christopher Plummer, Frank Langella, Benjamin Walker, Ed Begley Jr., Peter Gerety, Barry Levinson, John Bedford Lloyd, Fritz Weaver, Harris Yulan, Danny Glover
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Frears, Stephen
  • Ferguson, Scott
  • Plummer, Christopher
  • Levinson, Barry
  • Begley, Ed
  • Glover, Danny
  • HBO Films
  • Rainmark Films
  • Sakura Eigasha
  • HBO Home Entertainment (Firm)
Runtime
92
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ali, Muhammad
  • United States
  • United States
  • Boxers (Sports)
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Technique
live action
Label
Muhammad Ali's greatest fight, HBO Films presents a Rainmark Films production in association with Sakura Films ; a Stephen Frears film ; directed by Stephen Frears ; produced by Scott Ferguson ; written by Shawn Slovo
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Distribution
Note
Originally produced in 2013
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
  • vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
quadrophonic multichannel or surround
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn863165009
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (92 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
883316872789
Other physical details
sound, color with black and white sequences
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)863165009
System details
DVD, widescreen
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Muhammad Ali's greatest fight, HBO Films presents a Rainmark Films production in association with Sakura Films ; a Stephen Frears film ; directed by Stephen Frears ; produced by Scott Ferguson ; written by Shawn Slovo
Distribution
Note
Originally produced in 2013
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
  • vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
quadrophonic multichannel or surround
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn863165009
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (92 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
883316872789
Other physical details
sound, color with black and white sequences
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)863165009
System details
DVD, widescreen
Video recording format
DVD

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