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.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ring Lardner, Ring Lardner Jr.
On DVD: Dec 11, 2001
Columbia Pictures

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as Himself

as Angelo Dundee

as Herbert Muhammad

as Bill McDonald

as Dr. Pacheco

as Cruikshank

as Hollis

as Velvet Green

as Sonny Liston

as Lawyer

as Belinda Ali

as Ruby Sanderson

as Young Cassius Clay J...

as Cassius Clay Sr.

as Odessa Clay

as Mrs. Fairlie

as Gardener

as Sponsor's Wife

as Sponsor's Wife

as Payton Jory

as Commission Doctor

as Johnson

as Ronnie

as Carrara

as Mr. Curtis

as Bossman Jones

as `Mr. Harry'

as Commentator

as Cassius Clay

as Suzie Gomez

as Reporter

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
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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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