Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes

Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes

The film follows Muhammad Ali’s life and career through the lens of his numerous appearances on the Dick Cavett Show. (Ali made more than a dozen appearances on the show and developed 53-year friendship with Cavett.) From a gold medal win at the 1960 Olympics, and winning the heavyweight championship against Sonny Liston in 1964, to joining the Nation of Islam, refusing induction into the United States Army, and his legendary battles in the ring with Joe Frazier and George Foreman, Muhammad Ali remained a unique and powerful force in popular culture. This is more than a sports documentary. The film delves into political and social matters that remain relevant today.

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Director:  Robert S. Bader
Producer:  Robert S. Bader, Bay Dariz, Allan Falk
Screenwriter: Robert S. Bader, Dick Cavett
Cinematographer: Dan Brockett
Editor: Robert S. Bader, Oliver Thompson
Sound Designer: Tony McVann
Music: Oliver Thompson
Principal Cast: Dick Cavett, Rev. Al Sharpton, Larry Merchant, Ilyasah Shabazz, Juan Williams, Thomas Hauser, Randy Roberts, Clarence Taylor, Michael Marley


Public Film Contact
Robert Bader
Cavalier Films LLC
Publicity Contact
Annie Jeeves
Sales Agent
Reder & Feig - Noor Ahmed
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Year:  2018
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre:  Documentary
Screening Section: Documentary Spotlight
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 95:00 mins