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The Greatest (1977)

The Greatest





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In this biographical film, Mohammed Ali plays himself as his life and his career as a heavyweight boxer is captured on screen. Much of Ali's life is covered, from his beginnings as a young fighter named Cassius Clay, to his conversion to Islam, to his famous fight with George Foreman.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ring Lardner, Ring Lardner Jr.
On DVD: Dec 11, 2001
Columbia Pictures


Muhammad Ali
as Himself
Ernest Borgnine
as Angelo Dundee
Lloyd Haynes
as Herbert Muhammad
Robert Duvall
as Bill McDonald
John Marley
as Dr. Pacheco
David Huddleston
as Cruikshank
Dina Merrill
as Velvet Green
Roger E. Mosley
as Sonny Liston
Annazette Chase
as Belinda Ali
Mira Waters
as Ruby Sanderson
Phillip MacAllister
as Young Cassius Clay J...
Arthur Adams
as Cassius Clay Sr.
Dorothy Meyer
as Odessa Clay
Lucille Benson
as Mrs. Fairlie
Teddy Wilson
as Gardener
Sally Gries
as Sponsor's Wife
Elizabeth Marshall
as Sponsor's Wife
Malachi Throne
as Payton Jory
Richard Gullage
as Commission Doctor
Stack Pierce
as Johnson
Ben Medina
as Ronnie
Paul Mantee
as Carrara
George Garro
as Mr. Curtis
Ernie Wheelwright
as Bossman Jones
James Gammon
as `Mr. Harry'
Don Dunphy
as Commentator
Philip McAllister
as Cassius Clay
Nai Bonet
as Suzie Gomez
Ray Holland
as Reporter
Rahaman Ali
as Himself
Lloyd Wells
as Himself
Gene Kilroy
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Greatest

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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September 25, 2005

August 5, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Greatest

Essentially this is two films: one with fascinating footage of the time around Ali's first title triumph and then subpar footage of the reclaiming of the title from George Foreman. You can't take your eyes off of Ali inevitably. The real man is still somewhat shrouded in mystery for me. This was a good glimpse.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

In this movie you can see the story told by the man himself... and played by him as well! Following young Cassius Clay`s struggle against prejudice and discrimanation from his Olympic cold win to the famous Rumble in the Jungle, the fight against George Foreman! Muhammad Ali is a natural performer and in this film he is managing not to go overboard! The best part of the script is that just concentrates itself with hard facts . I'll have to say that without Ali we would never know about him turning up at Sonny Liston`s house at the dead of night to throw insults... and that is the advantage of this movie! It is like some kind of documentary reconstruction of a remarkable life... and it`s all true!

I'll have to say that I enjoyed the performance of Phillip MacAllister playing the young Cassius Clay Jr displaying the engaging affrontery of a young talent so sure of himself that discretion in self-description knows no bounds... real Ali's characteristics which will later refine through formal discipline, professional conflicts and the controversial refusal to be inducted in the US Army.

Movie with a message... and important part of a history story which should be told!

Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

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