Will Smith film 'Ali' to be screened Thursday night at Iroquois - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Will Smith film 'Ali' to be screened Thursday night at Iroquois Amphitheater

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is inviting the public to a free showing of the film "Ali," -- the biographical work starring Will Smith that portrays the life of Louisville great Muhammad Ali.

The screening will take place at the Iroquois Amphitheater on Thursday, June 9, at 8:30, according to a news release. The amphitheater gates will open at 7 p.m.

Released in 2001, "Ali" is a dramatized telling of Ali's early boxing career to his rise to world champion, his conversion to Islam and his refusal to take part in the draft during the Vietnam War. The film earned two Academy Award nominations.

Parents are warned that the film is rated R -- and is not suitable for children.

Actor Will Smith is among the pallbearers for Ali's funeral on Friday.

"Ever since we learned of the Champ's passing, this community has been consumed with all things Ali," Mayor Fischer said, according to the news release. "We've seen televised and print tributes, remembrances on social media, and we've shared our own stories. And still, we cannot get enough. So we thought the public might enjoy coming together to watch this film, which illustrates so much of his early career."

Located at 1080 Amphitheater Road, the Iroquois Amphitheater seats 2,348 people.

In addition to the screening, 4th Street Live! in downtown Louisville will show tribute videos focused on Muhammad Ali's memory.

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