Cable channel HBO Asia remembers Muhammad Ali with its original movie, Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight with airings on June 11 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 12 at 12.30 p.m. on HBO Signature.
Famous for both his signature shuffle and verbal sparring, boxer Cassius Clay quickly rose to fame in the ‘60s, becoming the world’s best-known athlete – and eventually its most controversial. After joining the Nation of Islam and adopting the name Muhammad Ali, he was widely denounced for refusing to be drafted into the U.S. military, based on his religious opposition to the Vietnam War.
Stripped of his title and banned from the sport, the self-proclaimed “Greatest” lost nearly four years of his boxing prime to legal battles. In 1971, his case for being a conscientious objector eventually reached the United States Supreme Court, rooted by tradition and conservative ideals with Nixon appointed Chief Justice Warren E. Burger at its helm.
Going behind the closed doors of the United States Supreme Court as the nine Justices decide the outcome of Muhammad Ali’s landmark 1971 case for being a conscientious objector. Justice Harlan, a respected jurist with 15 years on the Court, finds himself at odds with the status quo after his perspective is challenged by the contemporary ideals of his new clerk.
This amazing story of the most celebrated boxer in modern times stars Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer (Beginners), Academy Award nominee Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon) and Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter).
It is directed by Academy Award nominee Stephen Frears (The Queen) from a script by Shawn Slovo (A World Apart). This movie debuted on HBO in 2013.