The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Synopsis: 'The Trials of Muhammad Ali' covers Ali's toughest bout: his battle to overturn a five-year prison sentence for refusing US military service in Vietnam. Prior to becoming the most recognizable face on earth, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent. 'Trials' zeroes in on the most controversial years of Ali's life, when an emerging sports superhero chooses faith and conscience over fame and fortune.
Director(s): Bill Siegel
Production: Kino Lorber
  3 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
86 min


Well, now, with just

a slight skip of the heart,

we have, I think,

got through to Chicago and Muhammad Ali.

- Are you hearing us from London, Muhammad?

- Yes, sir. Loud and clear.

- How are you doing today?

- Very well. Thank you. Welcome to the show.

Thank you for allowing me to come to

you live by Early Bird satellite.

Now, let me just get a few

facts straight with you.

You're a professional

fighter, right?

I am a minister of

the religion of Islam also.

A professional fighter

and a minister as well.

- Yes, sir. - David Susskind would like to

ask you some questions. David.

Well, I don't know

where to begin.

I find nothing amusing or interesting

or tolerable about this man.

He's a disgrace to

his country, his race...

and what he laughingly

describes as his profession.

He is a convicted felon

in the United States.

He has been found guilty.

He is out on bail.

He will inevitably go to prison,

as well he should.

He's a simplistic fool

and a pawn.

Muhammad Ali.

One of the greatest athletes

of all time.

As the first three-time heavyweight

boxing champion of the world,

he thrilled, entertained

and inspired us.

He was

given the Medal of Freedom...

by the president

of the United States.

The American people

are proud to call Muhammad Ali...

one of our own.

What does it mean,

the Medal of Freedom?

We bring you up. Oh, yes.

This is Muhammad Ali, the great fighter,

the great humanitarian,

the great Muslim.

Years ago,

Ali came and sat right here.

And Ali looked at me.

He said, "Still a n*gger."

I said, "Oh, Ali.

Don't talk like that."

He said, "Still a n*gger."

What did my brother mean?

Olympic champion,

and the flag is going...

And I'm standing so proud.

I just hear the man say,

"Champion of the whole world...

Cassius Clay."

Olympic champion of the world...

...from Kentucky.

Southern boy raised poor becoming

a gold medal winner, oh, man.

Oh! I still get excited.

Me, my mother, my father

were standing at the terminal

when he came off the plane.

I was so happy.

It was beautiful.


Any ideas now as to whom

you might sign with?

I would like to get with a nice,

honest crowd. Nice, clean people.

And with the right backing,

I believe I'll have a chance...

to become the world's

heavyweight champion.

It's best to be with somebody you know

and from your own town if possible.

I'm Gordon B. Davidson, attorney for

the Louisville Sponsoring Group,

owner of Cassius Clay and the hired hand to

keep the group and Cassius Clay together.

We had a contract

with Ali for six years.

We were as powerful a group as you

could put together in Louisville.

These were all capitalists.

I'm Bill Faversham,

vice president of Brown-Foreman,

and one of the founders

of the group of Cassius Clay.

I'm also his manager.

I'm W.L. Lyons Brown,

chairman of the board of

Brown-Foreman Distillers Corporation.

I'm also a farmer

and in the oil business.

The original group,

they're all deceased.

I'm the only survivor.

The reason for the group was

to aid, assist and protect...

this fine Louisville athlete.

He was a young fellow

who wanted to be great.

Cassius, you say you're gonna be

champion by the time you're 21. Is that right?

As you know, today is the jet age.

Everybody's trying to break records.

There's the man who says that

he'll be on the moon by 1970.

They're gonna make cars

that will run by sunlight.

Well, those are pretty

game predictions.

I wouldn't want to do

too much bragging about it,

but everybody that watches me, they say that

I'm the greatest that they've ever seen.

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