When We Were Kings


1h 30m 1996

Brief Synopsis

On September 25, 1974, in the wake of one of the greatest political scandals in its history, Watergate, America was poised to watch a knockout punch that would redefine it as a nation of champions. In the atmosphere of a three-ring circus, in a little known country ruled by a military dictator, on t

Film Details

Also Known As
Cuando éramos reyes
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
Gramercy Pictures

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Synopsis

On September 25, 1974, in the wake of one of the greatest political scandals in its history, Watergate, America was poised to watch a knockout punch that would redefine it as a nation of champions. In the atmosphere of a three-ring circus, in a little known country ruled by a military dictator, on the little noticed continent of Africa, two American fighters held the world's attention. One would capture the world's imagination. But, four days before the scheduled "Rumble in the Jungle," as the heavyweight championship match up between reigning title holder George Foreman and challenger Muhammad Ali was called, the promoters announced that there would be a six week delay. And in that time span, as the international media took in the rhythms of the music and the mysterious beauty of the land, and as anticipation for the fight mounted an entirely new phenomenon evolved: black Americans saw their own generational crossroads reflected in the contrasting images Foreman and Ali.

Crew

Maryse Alberti

Cinematographer

Maryse Alberti

Other

Lonnie Ali

Special Thanks To

Muhammad Ali

Other

Stig Anderson

Song

Benny Andersson

Song

Jonathan Angier

Production Assistant

Ray Arcel

Other

Michael Barrow

Gaffer

Thomas Bell

Song

David Benjamin

Special Thanks To

Jaime Billet

Post-Production Assistant

Damon Bingham

Special Thanks To

Howard Bingham

Photography

Donald Blank

Post-Production Assistant

St Claire Bourne

Unit Manager

Malick Bowens

Other

Drew Bundini Brown

Other

James Brown

Song Performer

James Brown

Song

James Brown

Other

Ossie Brown

Unit Manager

Larry Bullard

Production Assistant

Wendy Caplin

Assistant Editor

Robert Cardelli

Sound Editor

Cassius Clay

Other

Odessa Clay

Other

John Condon

Other

Harold Conrad

Other

Howard Cosell

Other

Linda Creed

Song

Cus D'amato

Other

Frank D'angelo

Production Assistant

Bill Dalay

Sound

Gene Defever

Sound Recordist

Pete Denenberg

Music

Bill Durborow

Other

Richard Durham

Other

Everett Easton

Gaffer

Richard Edelen

Production Assistant

Alfred James Ellis

Song

Bob Fletcher

Other

Bob Fletcher

Cinematographer

George Foreman

Other

John Forté

Song Performer

John Forté

Song

Bernard Fox

Sound

Paula Frank

Special Thanks To

Kenneth D Freudlich

Special Thanks To

Joseph Fusco

Post-Production Assistant

Joseph Galloway

Cinematographer

Joseph Galloway

Other

Geri Spolan Gast

Special Thanks To

Leon Gast

Producer

Leon Gast

Editor

Eugenie Gavenchak

Special Thanks To

Wardell Gaynor

Cinematographer

Wardell Gaynor

Other

John Ginnes

Production Coordinator

Mark Ginsberg

Color Timer

Danny Goldberg

Special Thanks To

Paul Goldsmith

Other

Paul Goldsmith

Cinematographer

Lawrence Grauman

Other

Claudia Gray

Special Thanks To

Eileen Greene

Other

Taylor Hackford

Producer

Taylor Hackford

Editor

Alex Haley

Other

Jack Harris

Other

Jack Harris

Cinematographer

Thomas Hauser

Other

Wayne Henderson

Song

Cynthia Henry

Production Assistant

Bob Hewitt

Production Assistant

Lauren Hill

Song

Petur Hliddal

Sound Recordist

Harvey Horowitz

Special Thanks To

Laurie Horsley

Production Assistant

Jimmy Jacobs

Other

Vikram Jayanti

Coproducer

Wyclef Jean

Song

Joe Josea

Song

Kevin Keating

Other

Kevin Keating

Cinematographer

Gary Kelgern

Sound

B. B. King

Song

B. B. King

Other

B. B. King

Song Performer

Diana King

Song Performer

Don King

Other

Larry Kirsch

Key Grip

Marvin Kohn

Other

Bob Kragen

Key Grip

Peter Lasoff

Production Assistant

Spike Lee

Other

Norman Leigh

Gaffer

Stewart Levine

Special Thanks To

Stuart Levine

Producer

Jeffrey Levy-hinte

Avid Editor

Jeffrey Levy-hinte

Editor

Roy Lewis

Other

Roy Lewis

Cinematographer

Sonny Liston

Other

Ed Lockman

Sound Recordist

Joe Louis

Other

Franco Luongo

Song

Norman Mailer

Other

Miriam Makeba

Song

Miriam Makeba

Song Performer

Miriam Makeba

Other

Alan Manger

Sound

Rocky Marciano

Other

Bill Markle

Audio Post-Production

Louise Marshall

Production Coordinator

Andy Marvel

Song

Hugh Masakala

Producer

Albert Maysles

Other

Albert Maysles

Cinematographer

Scot Mccracken

Music Supervisor

Brian Mcknight

Song Performer

Bill Mcmanus

Sound

Tony Miller

Other

Tony Miller

Sound Recordist

Roland Mitchell

Cinematographer

Roland Mitchell

Other

Chip Monck

Line Producer

Frank Morrone

Sound Mixer

Elijah Muhammad

Other

Barney Nagler

Other

Bob Nolan

Other

Alan Pariser

Other

Mark Paturet

Sound Recordist

George Plimpton

Other

Amy Powers

Song

Lloyd Price

Other

Lloyd Price

Producer

Busta Rhymes

Song Performer

Warren Riker

Song

Keith Robinson

Editor

Keith Robinson

Coproducer

Sugar Ray Robinson

Other

Tabu Ley Rochereau

Music

Arnie Roman

Song

Rick Rowe

Music

Dave Samuel

Gaffer

Luis Saria

Other

Russell S Schwartz

Special Thanks To

Lana Shabazz

Other

Randal Shepard

Sound Recordist

Barrie Singer

Other

Barrie Singer

Production Manager

Trevor Smith

Song

David Sonenberg

Executive Producer

David Sonenberg

Producer

Sherrie Sonenberg

Special Thanks To

Michael Spolan

Other

Sara Spolan

Post-Production Assistant

Karma Stanley

Other

Karma Stanley

Cinematographer

Egon Stephan

Camera

Tony V Stevens

Consultant

Chris Stone

Sound

Stan Sztaba

Other

Steve Talbot

Other

Chip Taylor

Song

Malik Taylor

Song

Andrea Timpone

Other

Terry Tragianopoulos

Assistant Editor

Bj÷rn Ulvaeus

Song

Joe Violante

Advisor

Rick Wardell

Production Assistant

Robert Warmflash

Post-Production Supervisor

Richard Warner

Production Assistant

Burleigh Warter

Other

Burleigh Wartes

Other

Burleigh Wartes

Cinematographer

Brian Weirda

Other

Richard Wells

Sound Recordist

Fred Wesley

Song Performer

Fred Wesley

Special Thanks To

Mark Wolfe

Special Thanks To

Felipe Wynne

Other

Roderick Young

Cinematographer

Roderick Young

Other

Shane Zarantash

Sound Recordist

Film Details

Also Known As
Cuando éramos reyes
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
Gramercy Pictures

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Award Wins

Best Documentary Feature

1996

Articles

George Plimpton, 1927-2003


George Plimpton, the wry, self-effacing author whose engaging film appearances enlivened many movies over the years, died of a heart attack on September 25 in his Manhattan apartment. He was 76. George Ames Plimpton was born on March 18, 1927 in New York City. The son of a diplomat, he was well connected to high society. A scholarly man of the letters, hip, urbane bohemians knew him for decades as the unpaid editor to the much respected literary quarterly, The Paris Review, which introduced emerging authors such as Gore Vidal and Jack Kerouac. In 1963, the gaunt, unassuming Plimpton documented his time training with the Detroit Lions, and turned the antics into a shrewd, witty piece of sports fulfillment, Paper Lion. The film was adapted for the big screen by Alex March in 1968 with Alan Alda playing the role of Plimpton. That same year, he made his film debut as a reporter in Gordon Douglas' police thriller The Detective (1968) starring Frank Sinatra and followed that up with an amusing cameo as a gunman shot my John Wayne in Howard Hawks' Rio Lobo (1970). A few more cameos came up over the years, but it wasn't until the '90s that he proved he himself a capable performer and found regular film work: an appropriate role as a talk show moderator in Jodie Foster's Little Man Tate's (1991), the president's lawyer in Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995); a psychologist in Gus Van Zandt's Good Will Hunting (1997); a clubgoer in Whit Stillman's discursive drama The Last Day's of Disco (1998); and a very comical doctor in Jean- Marie Poire's Just VisitingThe Simpsons playing a professor who runs a fixed spelling bee! He is survived by his wife Sara Whitehead Dudley and four children. Michael T. Toole
George Plimpton, 1927-2003

George Plimpton, 1927-2003

George Plimpton, the wry, self-effacing author whose engaging film appearances enlivened many movies over the years, died of a heart attack on September 25 in his Manhattan apartment. He was 76. George Ames Plimpton was born on March 18, 1927 in New York City. The son of a diplomat, he was well connected to high society. A scholarly man of the letters, hip, urbane bohemians knew him for decades as the unpaid editor to the much respected literary quarterly, The Paris Review, which introduced emerging authors such as Gore Vidal and Jack Kerouac. In 1963, the gaunt, unassuming Plimpton documented his time training with the Detroit Lions, and turned the antics into a shrewd, witty piece of sports fulfillment, Paper Lion. The film was adapted for the big screen by Alex March in 1968 with Alan Alda playing the role of Plimpton. That same year, he made his film debut as a reporter in Gordon Douglas' police thriller The Detective (1968) starring Frank Sinatra and followed that up with an amusing cameo as a gunman shot my John Wayne in Howard Hawks' Rio Lobo (1970). A few more cameos came up over the years, but it wasn't until the '90s that he proved he himself a capable performer and found regular film work: an appropriate role as a talk show moderator in Jodie Foster's Little Man Tate's (1991), the president's lawyer in Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995); a psychologist in Gus Van Zandt's Good Will Hunting (1997); a clubgoer in Whit Stillman's discursive drama The Last Day's of Disco (1998); and a very comical doctor in Jean- Marie Poire's Just Visiting

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Miscellaneous Notes

Shown at Portland International Film Festival February 13 - March 2, 1997.

Shown at SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival (Retrospective Programs) June 15-22, 2009.

Shown at Wellington Film Festival in New Zealand July 16 - August 2, 1997.

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at MIFED in Milan, Italy October 27 - November 1, 1996.)

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at Newark Black Film Festival June 18 - July 30, 1997.)

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at Portland International Film Festival February 13 - March 2, 1997.)

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at Wellington Film Festival in New Zealand July 16 - August 2, 1997.)

Released in United States January 1996 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (in competition) in Park City, Utah January 18-28, 1996.)

Limited Release in United States February 14, 1997

Expanded Release in United States February 21, 1997

Expanded Release in United States February 28, 1997

Winner of a "special recognition" award for artistic merit at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival.

Winner of the 1996 award for Best Documentary from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

Winner of the 1996 award for Best Documentary from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Winner of the 1996 award for Best Documentary from the National Society of Film Critics.

Winner of the 1996 award for Best Non-Fiction Film from the New York Film Critics Circle.

Expanded Release in United States February 21, 1997

Expanded Release in United States February 28, 1997

Expanded Release in United States March 14, 1997

Limited Release in United States February 14, 1997

Released in United States 1996

Released in United States 1997

Released in United States August 1997

Released in United States Fall October 25, 1996

Released in United States January 1996

Released in United States June 2009

Released in United States on Video July 8, 1997

Released in United States September 1997

Shown at Athens International Film Festival (Documentary) September 19-25, 1997.

Shown at MIFED in Milan, Italy October 27 - November 1, 1996.

Shown at Newark Black Film Festival June 18 - July 30, 1997.

Expanded Release in United States March 14, 1997

Released in United States June 2009 (Shown at SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival (Retrospective Programs) June 15-22, 2009.)

Released in United States on Video July 8, 1997

Released in United States August 1997 (Shown in New York City (Adam Clayton Powell Gallery) as part of program "Harlem Week 1997" August 1-15, 1997.)

Released in United States September 1997 (Shown at Athens International Film Festival (Documentary) September 19-25, 1997.)

Released in United States Fall October 25, 1996 (LA)