Reviewed by: Karen Flores
Life and times of George Foreman, from Olympic Gold medalist to World Heavyweight boxing champion
During a near death experience, he experienced a hellish, frightening place of nothingness and despair, and realized that he was in the midst of death. Though not yet religious, he began to plead with God to help him. He explained that he sensed God asking him to change his life and ways. He said, “I don't care if this is death – I still believe there is a God!”
After this experience, Foreman became a born-again Christian, dedicating his life for the next decade to God, becoming an ordained Christian minister. Foreman stopped fighting, initially preaching on street corners before becoming the minister of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Houston and devoting himself to his family and his congregation. He also opened a youth center that bears his name.
Based on real people and events
Foreman’s victory made him the oldest world heavyweight boxing champion in history at 45 years and 360 days, which beat Jersey Joe Walcott’s old record by eight years and is a record that Foreman still holds.
In recognition of Foreman's patriotism and community service, the American Legion honored him with its James V. Day “Good Guy” Award during its 95th National Convention in 2013.
Foreman has been married to Mary Joan Martelly since 1985.
Khris Davis … George Foreman
Forest Whitaker … Doc Broadus
Sonja Sohn … Nancy Foreman
Jasmine Mathews … Mary Joan
Sullivan Jones … Muhammad Ali
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. … Archie Moore
John Magaro … Desmond
Sam Trammell … Rev. Virdell Stokes
Shein Mompremier … Paula Foreman
Robert Cicchini … Angelo Dundee
Matthew Glave … Howard Cosell
Erica Tazel … Mary Foreman
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|Director||George Tillman Jr.|
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|Distributor||Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures|
“Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!” —Howard Cosell
George Foreman becomes the new heavyweight champion of the world. Only in two rounds, Foreman knocks out the undisputed heavyweight champion, Joe Frazier, to take the title from him. The movie called “Big George Foreman: The Miraculous Story of the Once and Future Heavyweight Champion of the World” tells about George’s life as the boxer, businessman, and pastor.
As we peek into his story, this picture starts us off with George as an impoverished young boy getting picked on by other children. George responds to his bullies like a raging storm. He pounds people like a hammer to a nail. Growing up, he utilizes his fists with anyone who upsets him. Then, as an adolescent, without an education and no marketable skills, Foreman survives on the street doing illicit activities.
One day, George decides to join Job Corps, the vocational training program that was central to President Johnson’s War on Poverty. While in the Corps, the raging storm still brews in George. Once again he blows up at another person who wrongs him and destroys property. Instead of ousting Foreman from the Corps, Doc Broadus (Forest Whitaker) teaches George how to utilize his fury in a discipline sport. George faces the challenges of learning the sport of boxing, having no prior involvement with the sport.
Despite all his success and wealth, George’s home life was failing. George has adulterous relations with various women, causing his marriage to end in divorce.
Leter, Foreman has a near death experience which results in George spending the rest of his days serving Jesus Christ, which is just the beginning of a new journey. He starts off as a street evangelist. He has money troubles and difficulties. However, this time Foreman manages his emotions differently.
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Although it is a family-friendly film, parents should use caution with younger children due to the violence inherent to boxing. It has no swear words. There is partial nudity, but it is limited to men without shirts when they are boxing in the ring. George kisses his wife when they get married. In one scene where George commits adultery, the woman goes into his bedroom and then the door shuts. People never witness what happened behind the closed door, but the implication is clear. The actor, Kris Davis, who plays George Foreman, makes me believe that he is the heavy weight boxer. I felt his anger when he was fighting. Forest Whitaker plays Doc Broadus in the picture. Whitaker is an Academy award winning actor. His performance is stellar in this production as well. He convincingly expresses his care and concern for George throughout the movie. Sonja Sohn plays his mother. She gives a strong performance as a Christian mother. The actors give the audience hope throughout this film.
The only wokeism that I saw was when George returned from the Olympics, some of the black friends told him that he should not have waved the American flag when he won the gold medal.
Overall, I would recommend this picture for the family. It is a sports biographical film about George Foreman. It is a boxing story; therefore the audience will see blood. Divorce is implied, but it is never discussed. I think it could be a good witnessing tool to assist in bringing unbelievers to Christ. This issincerely a heart-warming movie.
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Biblically speaking, there are thematic elements and sports-related violence with some blood. There is no profanity, blasphemy, nudity, or sexuality.
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“Big George Foreman” is rated PG-13.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 2