Ali (2001)

Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.

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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
  • 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
  • Malick Bowens

    as Joseph Mobutu
  • Shari Watson

    as Woman Singer
  • David Elliott

    as Sam Cooke
  • Michael Bentt

    as Sonny Liston
  • Rufus Dorsey

    as Floyd Paterson
  • Brad Greenquist

    as Marlin Thomas
  • Victoria Dillard

    as Betty Shabazz
  • Morgana Van Peebles

    as Malcolm X's Daughter
  • Maya Van Peebles

    as Malcolm X's Daughter
  • Charles Shufford

    as George Foreman
  • Alfred Cole

    as Ernie Terrell
  • James Toney

    as 'Smokin' Joe Frazier
  • David Haines

    as Rudy Clay / Rahaman Ali
  • Maestro Harrell

    as Young Cassius Clay
  • Wade Williams

    as Lieutenant Jerome Claridge
  • Kim Robillard

    as Jimmy Cannon
  • Gailard Sartain

    as Gordon Davidson
  • William Utay

    as The Doctor
  • Guy Van Swearingen

    as Induction FBI Man
  • David Purdham

    as Madison Square Garden Announcer
  • Eddie Bo Smith Jr.

    as Malcolm's Bodyguard
  • Doug Hale

    as Judge Ingraham
  • LaDonna Tittle

    as Bundini's Landlady
  • Marc Grapey

    as Bob Arum
  • Daniel Janks

    as CIA Man
  • Alexandra Bokyun Chun

    as Asian Cosmetologist
  • John G. Connolly

    as Assistant Director
  • Chico Benymon

    as Hampton House Announcer
  • Kim Coleman

    as Lana Shabazz
  • Johnny Ortiz

    as Madison Square Garden Reporter
  • Natalie Carter

    as Harlem Neighbor
  • Reginald Footman

    as Harlem Neighbor
  • Christian Stolte

    as Miami Cop
  • Ron Madoff

    as Cameraman
  • Deborah Smith Ford

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Donald Dowd

    as News Reporter
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
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
Writing Christopher Wilkinson Screenplay
Writing Stephen J. Rivele Screenplay
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
Costume & Make-Up Beverly Jo Pryor Makeup Department Head
Sound Stephanie Lowry Music Editor
Production Thomas Hayslip Production Supervisor
Sound Vicki Hiatt Music Editor
Production Elayne Schneiderman Production Supervisor
Crew Michael Tinger Post Production Supervisor