'Frost/Nixon' and 'When We Were Kings'

In this corner, we've got a charming pretty boy who has a way with words but isn't taken seriously. In that corner, an awkward, unpopular but formidable foe. There's a record-breaking televised event, and a surprise ending. We're talking " <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV00000283" title="Frost Nixon (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/frost-nixon-%28movie%29-ENMV00000283.topic">Frost/Nixon</a>," as well as the 1997 winner "When We Were Kings." Yes, it won the documentary category, but the riveting tale of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000060" title="Psy (entertainer)" href="/topic/entertainment/psy-%28entertainer%29-PECLB000060.topic">Muhammad Ali</a> fighting <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001756" title="George Foreman" href="/topic/entertainment/george-foreman-PECLB001756.topic">George Foreman</a> is a ringer for the story of talk show host <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT002410" title="David Frost" href="/topic/entertainment/david-frost-PESPT002410.topic">David Frost</a> preparing to face off against <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST000115" title="Richard Nixon" href="/topic/politics/government/presidents-of-the-united-states/richard-nixon-PEHST000115.topic">Richard Nixon</a>. They've got 1970s timelines; canny, odd-looking promoters (Don King and Swifty Lazar); and controversial funding -- King took money from a dictator, Frost paid Nixon to participate.
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In this corner, we've got a charming pretty boy who has a way with words but isn't taken seriously. In that corner, an awkward, unpopular but formidable foe. There's a record-breaking televised event, and a surprise ending. We're talking " Frost/Nixon," as well as the 1997 winner "When We Were Kings." Yes, it won the documentary category, but the riveting tale of Muhammad Ali fighting George Foreman is a ringer for the story of talk show host David Frost preparing to face off against Richard Nixon. They've got 1970s timelines; canny, odd-looking promoters (Don King and Swifty Lazar); and controversial funding -- King took money from a dictator, Frost paid Nixon to participate.

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