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Thrilla in Manila (2008)





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Chronicles the 1975 match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.

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Critic Reviews for Thrilla in Manila

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Unavoidably fascinating, especially for fight fans, due to the participation of Frazier and other survivors of the era.

January 30, 2009

It fails to answer the intriguing question posed at the beginning about why Ali has been so elevated by history and Frazier mostly forgotten.

April 1, 2020 | Full Review…

Whether it is due to the almost-pantomime way that Ali is vilified throughout, without suitable riposte, or the quasi-grotesque manner in which Frazier comes across on screen, the overall resolution is one of melancholy and not, sadly, of triumph.

May 3, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Perhaps Thriller in Manila will set the record straight.

January 20, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Thrilla in Manila


One of boxing's best documentaries is the story of one of the sport's greatest rivalries. The Ali-Frazier battles went beyond the inherent emotions of the fight game; they represented the socio/racial/political struggle that defined what America was experiencing in the 1970s. The film chastises Ali for his viscious verbal attacks on Frazier and touches on how the Nation of Islam may have exploited the self-proclaimed "Greatest," for financial and political gain. Watching this film you can't help but root for Frazier who not only lost two of the three fights with Ali but failed to win the respect of a nation that poured its adulation on Ali. Whether you like boxing or not, this is a documentary worthy of your time.

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