When We Were Kings

Film. Directed by Leon Gast. 1996. 89 minutes.
Documentary about the famous heavyweight championship match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.

Time Periods: 20th Century, 1961
Themes: Sports, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements

When We Were Kings is an academy award-winning documentary about the heavyweight boxing championship fight in 1974 between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. Famously called the “Rumble in the Jungle,” the highly-publicized fight took place in Zaire, which is now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

With never-before-seen footage and behind-the-scenes interviews, When We Were Kings provides a rare glimpse into this famous and historic boxing match.  The documentary captures Muhammad Ali’s charisma and charm as he shares his famous poems and sayings with the press and the people of Zaire.  Also there are interviews with other key boxing figures like Don King, Norman Mailer and George Plimpton.

Preceding the “Rumble in the Jungle” was a three day concert with James Brown, B.B. King, and other soul music greats that also adds insight into the “event” status of this historic fight. [Description from]


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