If you don't watch documentaries, you're missing out.Some of the best films of the last 10 years or so have been documentaries: Roger & Me, Hoop Dreams, the recent Michael Moore film The Big One, and of course, When We Were Kings.
This movie tells the story behind the story of the Rumble In The Jungle, the fight between George Foreman and Muhammed Ali in 1973, but also the stories surrounding that fight: the concerts before the fight, the general disbelief that Ali would even have a chance against Foreman.
Director Leon Gast shot 300,000 feet of film. That's like, nearly 60 miles. That's a lot of film, but he wanted to get it all. He's been cutting and recutting this movie (after scrounging up the finances to get all that film processed) for years, and when you see it, it's absolutley mesmerizing. George Plimpton and Norman Mailer recount the feel of that night at the fight (they were both there), and Spike Lee offers up what Ali means to everyone, not just the African-American community.
All that, plus snippets from the concert featuring James Brown, the Spinners, and B.B. King.Totally engrossing.