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Review: 'I Am Ali' ★★★

Review: 'I Am Ali' ★★★

Boyish, sing-songy yet serenely wise, the voice is the thing in the latest Muhammad Ali documentary, "I Am Ali." Director Clare Lewins, who has worked extensively in British television, became aware of audio recordings Ali made in the 1970s — homey, touching conversations with his daughter, Hana, among others, revealing a particularly loose and vulnerable side of a great American boxer at home. Lewins lobbied for a year to gain access to these tapes for her project.

They were worth the trouble. We first hear Ali in a brief 1979 excerpt, relaying his plans to get back in the ring. Young Hana sounds sad, worried. "Don't fight again. ... You're gettin' old!"...