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The Greatest (1977)

PG | | Biography, Drama, Sport | August 1977 (UK)
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Muhammad Ali stars as himself in this dramatized version of his life story up to the late 1970s. It includes his Olympic triumphs as Cassius Clay, his conversion to Islam, his refusal of ... See full summary »

Director:

Tom Gries

Writers:

Muhammad Ali (based on: "The Greatest: My Own Story" by), Herbert Muhammad (based on: "The Greatest: My Own Story" by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Muhammad Ali ... Cassius Clay / Muhammad Ali
Ernest Borgnine ... Angelo Dundee
John Marley ... Dr. Ferdie Pacheco
Lloyd Haynes ... Herbert Muhammad
Malachi Throne ... Payton Jory
Lucille Benson ... Mrs. Fairlie
Teddy Wilson ... John the Gardener (as Theodore R. Wilson)
Annazette Chase ... Belinda Ali
Mira Waters Mira Waters ... Ruby Sanderson
Chip McAllister Chip McAllister ... Cassius Clay Aged 18 (as Phillip 'Chip' McAllister)
Drew Bundini Brown Drew Bundini Brown ... Drew 'Bundini' Brown (as Drew 'Bundini' Brown)
Robert Duvall ... Bill McDonald
David Huddleston ... Cruikshank
Ben Johnson ... Hollis
James Earl Jones ... Malcolm X
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Storyline

Muhammad Ali stars as himself in this dramatized version of his life story up to the late 1970s. It includes his Olympic triumphs as Cassius Clay, his conversion to Islam, his refusal of the Army draft, and the legal battle after being stripped of his World Title.

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Taglines:

The story of a legend that took the world by storm. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El más grande See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Winfield who plays the draft lawyer, went on to play Don King, Muhammad Ali's promotion manager in Tyson (1995). See more »

Goofs

Ali is shown fighting Joe Bugner during the montage of bouts that took place between the first Frazier fight in 1971 and the first Norton fight in 1973.

However the footage is actually taken from the second fight with Bugner in 1975 instead of their first fight in 1973. Not only is this out of sequence for the montage but the second Bugner fight occurred after the Ali vs Foreman fight in 1974 which is the climax of the film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Cassius Clay Aged 18: How Cassius Took Rome, by Cassius Clay, Jr.: To make America the Greatest is my goal, So I beat the Russian and I beat the Pole. And for the United States was a medal of gold.
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Connections

Referenced in Blue Nude (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

The Greatest Love of All
(main title song)
Sung by George Benson
Music by Michael Masser
Lyrics by Linda Creed
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Pretty average
4 September 2003 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

Maybe the producers of this film thought it would be highly original to have Ali play himself. I can picture them sitting down and saying that really there is no actor who could do this man justice (this was before Will Smith was born!). However, Ali just couldn't act. Its sad watching him play himself as a young man when he's so obviously overwieght older and out of shape. Also I think that at the time this film was made, he was beginning to develop Parkinsons. His speech was already becoming slurry. The filmakers surround Ali with a professional cast of actors like James Earl Jones and Ernest Borgnine as Angelo Dundee, but Ali just wasn't right for this. Maybe this is one film that should never have been made. The lead up to the climatic Rumble in the Jungle with Foreman where he regains the title is done very well, it shows him training and running. They show quite a bit of footage from Ali's fights which is fine because they are from his best fights, the only thing is they keep playing the same damn music OVER AND OVER for them! It got kind of irritating. It was thrilling though in the end when Ali went up against the younger and stronger George Foreman and beat him in a stunning upset by using that "rope a dope" strategy. The final words of the film are of the fight commentator when he says "Foreman goes down, Muhammad Ali has done the IMPOSSIBLE! He has regained the Heavyweight Championship of the World"


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