Muhammad Ali was arguably the greatest boxer of the 20th century. He was also that rare fighter whose presence in the culture was equal to (or perhaps even greater than) his remarkable skills in the ring. Ali was a superb fighter who squared off against a variety of gifted athletes during his career, and filmmaker Pete McCormack offers a new perspective on the man through this documentary.
Facing Ali includes interviews with boxers who faced him in the ring. Joe Frazier speaks of the bitterness that still remains in his rivalry with Ali. Canadian fighter George Chuvalo recalls that, while Ali defeated him, he went dancing with his wife afterward while the winner went to the hospital. George Foreman’s memories include a powerful punch that Ali chose not to land. Leon Spinks remembers the 1978 upset victory over Ali that thrust him into a level of fame he was not prepared to handle. Ernie Terrell discusses the technique and strategy behind Ali's approach.
Produced in association with Spike TV, Facing Ali was an official selection at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival.