HBO's upcoming film "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight" looks at the legal battle that ensued when the boxer refused to serve in the
The film, directed by Stephen Frears ("The Queen"), looks at the famed boxer's Supreme Court battle from the perspective of the justices who ruled on the case. The cast includes Frank Langella,
Ali is seen only in clips. Asked why no one was cast as the boxer, Frears indicated that it would have been too difficult to find a performer. "It would have been a distraction," he said.
When Ali was drafted into the military at the height of his boxing career, he declared himself a conscientious objector, refusing to go to war on religious grounds.
The film contains several archival clips of Ali's interviews and appearances during the turbulent period, including a 1970 clip from
But the majority of the film revolves around the fight among the justices ruling on the case, particularly the clash between Chief Justice Warren Burger (Langella) and Justice John Harlan (Plummer).
Also figuring into the film is Kevin Connolly, Harlan's clerk, played in the film by