Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sundance Films: Thriller in Manila

Title: Thriller in Manila
Director: John Dower
Website: No website found
Potential Major Release Date: No known release date beyond Sundance

Summary: In the Philippines on Oct. 1, 1975, boxers and onetime friends Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier had their third and final showdown, which is at the center of this spirited documentary. Exploring both this notorious rivalry and the multifaceted racial politics of the era, director John Dower uses extensive archival footage and interviews with biographers and journalists to tell the story from Frazier's corner of the ring (NetFlix).

Thoughts: Any sports fan knows plenty about the exploits of Muhammad Ali and his opinions and phrases are well documented, so I guess its only fair to hear from one of the men who suffered under his boxing domination. And what better person to hear from then Joe Frazier, one of the greatest fighters of all time (think Karl Malone to Ali’s Michael Jordan). I’m a big fan of boxing documentaries done right, so I’m rooting for this one. I'm sorta surprised there isn't more buzz around this title too. Could be a bad sign...

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