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Film puts Ali, US high court in the ring

October 2, 2013
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - Christopher Plummer may be frozen in some filmgoers' memories as the noble-browed patriarch who made stern parenting and anti-Nazism sexy in "The Sound of Music."

But Plummer and his career aren't mired in the past. Slipping easily from one disparate recent role to another, he's created Leo Tolstoy in "The Last Station," the haunted magnate in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and a man experiencing a late-in-life gay awakening in "Beginners," which earned him an Oscar last year at age 82.

That made him the oldest acting honoree ever, and he's not stopping. He plays a U.S. Supreme Court justice in HBO's "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight," debuting Saturday (8 p.m. EDT), a history-textured film that puts the boxer's quest to be recognized as a conscientious objector against Vietnam War service and the high court in the ring.

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