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The Greatest (1977)

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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:

12 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1977 (Netherlands) 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

Final project by Director Tom Gries, who died over four months before the movie's May 1977 release. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene the American Flag is hanging incorrectly; the blue field with stars should always be in the top left when the flag is hanging in that manner. 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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The greatest commands the screen.
15 December 1999 | by lawrence-14See all my reviews

Ali plays himself impressively in this biography of his remarkable boxing career. The greatest commands the screen alongside such actors as Robert Duval, Ernest Borgnine and James Earl Jones. The film is not as powerful, moving or exciting as it could have been and so is a slightly disappointing dramatization of a legendary boxing story. But, of course, just to see Ali doing what he does best (entertaining out of the ring as well as in) is a must for most. So, see it.


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