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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

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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

Sharon Stone met Muhammad Ali when she was 17. She was in the Miss Pennsylvania pageant and Ali was in Hershey, Pennsylvania, when Stone was there and she met him. And then Ali called her father and offered her a part in his film that he was making (The Greatest). The late boxing champ predicted movie stardom while her father was skeptical. Sharon Stone's father said, ''She is not going to be in film.'' Ali told her father, ''You may think that she is not, but she is. You cannot hide that girl under a bushel basket. Her light is too bright.". 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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Soundtracks

I Always Knew I Had It In Me
Sung by George Benson
Music by Michael Masser
Lyrics by Gerry Goffin
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Ali reading from a SCRIPT?? LET HIM TALK!!!!
21 September 2000 | by Popeye-8See all my reviews

The saddest thing about this film is that the script simply didn't have a feel for Ali's poetry or style...what results is a low-energy, plodding plot with remarkably bad switches from fight scenes to scripted bits. A good movie to break in your fast forward button from fight scene to fight scene. Also look for a forty-something Ferdie Pacheco played by a 70+ year-old actor...remarkable.


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