Joe Louis: America's Hero Betrayed

Category: Documentary
An American story. Traces the career of Joe Louis (1914-1981) within the context of American racial consciousness: his difficulty getting big fights early in his career, the pride of African-Americans in his prowess, the shift of White sentiment toward Louis as Hitler came to power, Louis's patriotism during World War II, and the hounding of Louis by the IRS for the following 15 years. In his last years, he's a casino greeter, a drug user, and the occasional object of scorn for young Turks like Muhammad Ali. Appreciative comment comes from boxing scholars, Louis's son Joe Jr., friends, and icons like Maya Angelou, Dick Gregory, and Bill Cosby.

Status: Released IMDb
Release date: 2008-02-23
Run time: 75 minute / 1:15
Director: Ouisie Shapiro
Production Company : HBO Sports
Production Country: United States of America


Joe Louis
as Himself (archive footage)
Joe Louis Barrow Jr.
as Himself
Dick Gregory
as Himself
Jack Johnson
as Himself (archive footage)
Liev Schreiber
as Narrator
Ouisie Shapiro Director

Ouisie Shapiro Writer

Ultan Byrne Editor

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