When We Were Kings

Synopsis: It's 1974, Muhammad Ali is 32 and thought by many to be past his prime. George Foreman is ten years younger and the Heavyweight champion of the world. Promoter Don King wants to make a name for himself and offers both fighters five million dollars apiece to fight one another, and when they accept, King has only to come up with the money. He finds a backer in Mobutu Sese Seko, the dictator of Zaire and the "Rumble in the Jungle" is set. A musical festival, featuring the America's top black performers, like James Brown and B.B. King, is also planned.
Director(s): Leon Gast
Production: Gramercy Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 5 nominations.
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88 min

I think he was scared even then.

He knew he was gonna be very scared

as he got closer to the fight.

You know the way George fights.

George comes out...

"I made him the mummy!"

'With his ego he could tell

himself he would dominate Foreman,

'make a fool of him, that Foreman

would never lay a glove on him.'

But in fact, in his sleep

or wherever his private moment came

he knew that he had not done as well

against two fighters particularly,

Joe Frazier and Ken Norton,

whom Foreman had demolished.

Down goes Frazier!

Down goes Frazier!

The heavyweight champion

is taking the mandatory eight count

and Foreman is as poised as can be!

Foreman is going about his job!

'He had an overpowering

intensity when he punched.

'Foreman won

by knocking Joe Frazier out

'and knocked him down

something like seven times.

'Then he destroyed Ken Norton

in two rounds.

'The word "murderous" does not

quite apply, Foreman was awesome.'

This chump has got everybody scared.

Scared of what?

There's nothing to be scared of.

Scared of what?

How many fellas in here

picks George? Be truthful, be men.

Tell the truth.

- John, raise your hand.

Got George?

You got George. Tell the truth.

You! You, fella. Yeah.

No pick? I just wanna know.

You got George...

The time may have come

to say goodbye to Muhammad Ali,

because very honestly I don't think

he can beat George Foreman.

Howard Cosell, you told everybody

I don't have a chance.

Told 'em I don't have

nothing but a prayer.

Well, chump, all I need is a prayer

because if that reaches the right man

not only will George Foreman fall

but mountains will fall!

Maybe he can pull off a miracle,

but against George Foreman?

So young, so strong, so fearless?

Against George Foreman,

who does away with his opponents

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