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Ali : the movie and the man
Howard, Gregory Allen.
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Publication Information:
New York : Newmarket Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
176 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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"A Newmarket pictorial moviebook including the complete screenplay"--Cover.
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PN1997.A3198 H69 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
PN1997.A3198 H69 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PN1997.A3198 H69 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ

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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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Eric Roth is an interiors and architectural photographer based in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Michael Mann
Introductionp. 6
The Resumep. 13
The Castp. 16
Round 1p. 18
1964p. 21
Clay the Contenderp. 23
Louisville Boyp. 26
Playing an Icon: Will Smith on Alip. 31
In Cassius' Cornerp. 34
A Fighter Who Can Actp. 38
Ali vs. Liston Ip. 43
Round 2p. 48
A change gonna comep. 51
Citizen of Islamp. 52
Malcolm, the Mentorp. 57
Discovering Africap. 61
Stand by Mep. 62
Road Work: Re-creating Ali's Americap. 66
Sonji: Scent of a Womanp. 70
Ali vs. Liston IIp. 72
Round 3p. 76
Ain't got no quarrelp. 79
Champion Under Siegep. 80
Ali and the Pressp. 83
Lacking Due Processp. 87
Family Manp. 89
Bundini: Poet of the Streetsp. 90
Ali on the Setp. 95
Round 4p. 96
1974p. 99
Coming Backp. 101
Don King's "Rumble in the Jungle"p. 102
The Homecomingp. 107
Foreman the Invinciblep. 108
On Location: Africap. 110
The Once and Future Champp. 115
The Screenplayp. 120
Film Creditsp. 174
Further Reading and Viewingp. 175
Acknowledgmentsp. 176