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‘Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight’ Dramatizes His Fiercest Battle in HBO Teaser (Video)

The teaser for the HBO Film's movie shows a mix of new acting and archived footage

According to the trailer — and title — for "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight," the "Rumble in the Jungle" was nothing compared to Ali's battle to avoid going off to war.

The pugilist and pacifist cited the Holy Koran as his reason to refuse to fight in Vietnam. Not everybody agreed with his point of view, and a divided nation reacted passionately as either side.

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The HBO Films examination of Ali's fight against the government premieres Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. The movie stars Christopher Plummer, Danny Glover, Frank Langella and Pablo Schreiber.

Archived footage of Ali will be used in the film.

Watch the trailer: