Muhammad ‘Ali’ Biopic Returning to Theaters for Limited Run

Will Smith Ali Movie Rerelease
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Sony’s “Ali,” the Muhammad Ali biopic starring Will Smith, will return to theaters this weekend in limited release as an homage and celebration of the life of the American icon.

Sony said the film, directed by Michael Mann, will be shown in a few hundred locations nationwide. Ali passed away on June 3.

It was recently reported that Smith, who received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the legendary boxer, would be a pallbearer at Ali’s funeral this Friday, June 10, in Louisville, Kentucky.

“With the passing of Muhammad Ali, we have received many requests for this film to return to theaters, in celebration of his life,” said Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution.

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“The film truly honors everything that made Ali one of the central figures of our time, a man who commanded his sport but whose personal faith and principles made him mean so much more,” Bruer added. “Muhammad Ali truly was The Greatest, and this tribute is a great way to honor him.”

Jon Voight, who portrays ABC journalist Howard Cosell in the pic, also received an Academy Award nod. He was nominated for best supporting actor.

“Ali” grossed over $87 million worldwide at the box office in 2001.

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  1. Nathan Ivey says:

    I actually like the film, but manly that’s do to the director Michael Mann. I own the DVD and would be more happy to see a Bluray release of the film over a 2nd theatrical release. This film begs for a hidef version. Some of the film was filmed on digital, if I remember correctly.

  2. Caligula says:

    so long and boring

  3. Patrick says:

    Maybe Sony just wants to know how much interest there is for this movie. And if there is we will get a sequel soon. Or a reboot. Or both. Or a trilogy. And a reboot of the trilogy. And a television series based on the original movie (plus at least two spinoffs). And a televison series based on the trilogy (plus at least two spinoffs). Not to forget about the reboots of the televison series (and the spinoffs).

  4. jhs39 says:

    This was generally considered a disappointing movie when it was originally released so I don’t see how putting it back in theaters will be honoring Ali.

  5. S. A. Young says:

    Unless the proceeds are going toward one of the many charities that Ali supported, this is tacky and opportunistic on the part of the studio, and in no way a “great way to honor him”. If, however, the revenue from tickets IS being donated, then, of course, the opposite is true.

    • Opportunistic, yes but for the greater honor memorialized: story. We seal the legacy of people we esteem worthy of our time and money in this manner, by seeing their story “review”. Distribution of the proceeds, you’ll right, can add dignity to the memory of what Ali valued.

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