Ali (2001)

Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2001-12-10
  • User Rating: 6.7/10 from 1552 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 37min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Columbia Pictures
  • Production Country: South Africa, United States of America
  • Director: Michael Mann
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In 1964, a brash, new pro boxer, fresh from his Olympic gold medal victory, explodes onto the scene: Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self-confidence and his unapologetic belief that he is the greatest boxer of all time. Yet at the top of his game, both Ali's personal and professional lives face the ultimate test.

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  • Will Smith

    as Muhammad Ali / Cassius Clay
  • Jamie Foxx

    as Drew 'Bundini' Brown
  • Jon Voight

    as Howard Cosell
  • Mario Van Peebles

    as Malcolm X
  • Ron Silver

    as Angelo Dundee
  • Jeffrey Wright

    as Howard Bingham
  • Mykelti Williamson

    as Don King
  • Jada Pinkett Smith

    as Sonji Roi
  • Nona Gaye

    as Belinda Ali
  • Michael Michele

    as Veronica Porche
  • Joe Morton

    as Chauncey Eskridge
  • Paul Rodríguez

    as Dr. Ferdie Pacheco
  • Bruce McGill

    as Bradley
  • Barry Shabaka Henley

    as Herbert Muhammad
  • Giancarlo Esposito

    as Cassius Clay, Sr.
  • Laurence Mason

    as Luis Sarria
  • LeVar Burton

    as Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Albert Hall

    as Elijah Muhammad
  • David Cubitt

    as Robert Lipsyte
  • Ted Levine

    as Joe Smiley
  • Candy Ann Brown

    as Odessa
  • Shari Watson

    as Woman Singer
  • Malick Bowens

    as Joseph Mobutu
  • Michael Bentt

    as Sonny Liston
  • James Toney

    as 'Smokin' Joe Frazier
  • Charles Shufford

    as George Foreman
  • Rufus Dorsey

    as Floyd Paterson
  • David Haines

    as Rudy Clay / Rahaman Ali
  • Victoria Dillard

    as Betty Shabazz
  • Brad Greenquist

    as Marlin Thomas
  • Maestro Harrell

    as Young Cassius Clay
  • Kim Robillard

    as Jimmy Cannon
  • David Purdham

    as Madison Square Garden Announcer
  • Gailard Sartain

    as Gordon Davidson
  • Wade Williams

    as Lieutenant Jerome Claridge
  • Guy Van Swearingen

    as Induction FBI Man
  • Marc Grapey

    as Bob Arum
  • Eddie Bo Smith Jr.

    as Malcolm's Bodyguard
  • Alexandra Bokyun Chun

    as Asian Cosmetologist
  • John Gleeson Connolly

    as Assistant Director
  • Jack Reiss

    as Referee Arthur Mercante
  • Chico Benymon

    as Hampton House Announcer
  • Ronald A. DiNicola

    as Prosecutor
  • Steven Randazzo

    as Reporter
  • Ray Bokhour

    as Reporter
  • Leonard Termo

    as Madison Square Garden Reporter
  • Johnny Ortiz

    as Madison Square Garden Reporter
  • Reginald Footman

    as Harlem Neighbor
  • Christian Stolte

    as Miami Cop
  • Carol Hatchett

    as Pointer Sister
  • Graham Hopkins

    as London Banker
  • Daniel Janks

    as CIA Man
  • Michael Dorn

    as Black Pilot
  • Graham Clarke

    as Reporter in Zaire
  • Ron Madoff

    as Cameraman (uncredited)
  • Deborah Smith Ford

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Donald Dowd

    as News Reporter (uncredited)
  • Matisha Baldwin

    as Club Patron (uncredited)
  • Greg Bronson

    as Upscale Fight Fan (uncredited)
  • Lionel D. Carson

    as Dr. King's Driver (uncredited)
  • Ralph Cole Jr.

    as Harlem Resident (uncredited)
  • Vincent De Paul

    as Roving Reporter (uncredited)
  • Trish Dempsey

    as Diplomat's Wife (uncredited)
  • Richard Fitzpatrick

    as Sparring Partner (uncredited)
  • Edward C. Gillow

    as Foreman-Frazier Fight Judge (uncredited)
  • Brandon T. Jackson

    as Club Goer (uncredited)
  • Michael Keyes

    as Dumbfounded Spectator (uncredited)
  • Leon

    as Brother 'Joe' (uncredited)
  • Valentine Miele

    as Liston Fight Reporter (uncredited)
  • Jermaine Montell

    as Dancer (uncredited)
  • John O. Nelson

    as Louis Rodriguez (uncredited)
  • Hunter F. Roberts

    as Angry Fight Fan (uncredited)
  • Sheldon Robins

    as Heckler (uncredited)
  • Prince Shah

    as Angry Fight Fan (uncredited)
  • Robert Standley

    as Ringside Photographer (uncredited)
  • Larry Vigus

    as Times Ringside Photographer (uncredited)
  • Jackie Zane

    as Fight Fan (uncredited)
  • Ray Uhler

    as Ringside Photographer (uncredited)
  • Vic Manni

    as Dressing Room Weigh-In Guy
  • Mark Salem

    as New York Reporter
  • Dan Andreiu

    as Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Writing Eric Roth Screenplay
Editing Stephen E. Rivkin Editor
Production Victoria Thomas Casting
Writing Michael Mann Screenplay
Directing Michael Mann Director
Production Michael Mann Producer
Editing William Goldenberg Editor
Sound Lisa Gerrard Original Music Composer
Editing Lynzee Klingman Editor
Production Jon Peters Producer
Costume & Make-Up Marlene Stewart Costume Design
Camera Emmanuel Lubezki Director of Photography
Art Jim Erickson Set Decoration
Art Jonathan Lee Art Direction
Art Sloane U'Ren Set Designer
Lighting John Buckley Gaffer
Costume & Make-Up Vera Mitchell Hair Department Head
Crew Joel Kramer Stunt Coordinator
Art John Myhre Production Design
Sound Lisa Jaime Music Editor
Production Graham King Executive Producer
Writing Christopher Wilkinson Screenplay
Writing Stephen J. Rivele Screenplay
Costume & Make-Up Diana Cilliers Costume Supervisor
Visual Effects Michael J. McAlister Visual Effects Supervisor
Production James Lassiter Producer
Writing Gregory Allen Howard Story
Sound Pieter Bourke Original Music Composer
Production Paul Ardaji Producer
Editing Stuart Waks Editor
Production Kevin De La Noy Unit Production Manager
Sound James P. Lay Sound Effects Editor
Costume & Make-Up Judy Murdock Makeup Artist
Art Richard Fojo Assistant Art Director
Visual Effects Robert Stadd Visual Effects Producer
Costume & Make-Up Suzi Ostos Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Sukari McGill Set Costumer
Costume & Make-Up Keith Hall Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up John Casey Costume Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Beverly Jo Pryor Makeup Department Head
Sound Andy Nelson Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Craig Henighan Sound Effects Editor
Art James V. Kent Set Decoration
Sound Robert Renga Sound Recordist
Sound Anna Behlmer Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Art Jeremy Alan Read Set Dresser
Sound Gregory King Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Shaughnessy Hare Assistant Sound Editor
Visual Effects Kevin Elam Visual Effects Producer
Sound Stephanie Lowry Music Editor
Sound Craig Heath Sound Recordist
Production Thomas Hayslip Production Supervisor
Art Shane Reed Set Dresser
Sound Vicki Hiatt Music Editor
Art Michael Thurman Set Dresser
Art Rando Schmook Assistant Art Director
Art David W. Krummel Assistant Art Director
Production Elayne Schneiderman Production Supervisor
Crew Michael Tinger Post Production Supervisor
Art Lynn Christopher Set Designer
Costume & Make-Up Lydia Milars Makeup Supervisor
Sound Sean Landeros Sound Recordist
Sound Brian Risner Sound Effects Editor
Production Lee Caplin Executive Producer
Art Karen E. Burnett Set Dresser
Sound Christopher Emerson Assistant Sound Editor
Art Nicholas Scott Set Designer
Art Nicklas Farrantello Assistant Art Director
Art Bill Rea Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Gina Marie Ome Set Costumer
Art Chuck Coffman Set Dresser
Art Fred Schwendel Set Dresser
Art Tomas Voth Art Direction
Art Cary Whittaker Set Dresser
Costume & Make-Up Carol Brown Makeup Artist
Art Jane B. Johnson Set Decoration
Directing Jody Spilkoman Second Second Assistant Director
Art Marcos Alvarez Set Designer
Art Steve Park Set Dresser