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The World's Greatest Athlete (1973)

The World's Greatest Athlete (1973)

The World's Greatest Athlete





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One of the best of the early-1970s Disney farces, The World's Greatest Athlete stars Jan-Michael Vincent in the title role. A "wild boy" living off the land in the jungles of Africa, Vincent is discovered by coaches Tim Conway and John Amos. Cursed with a last-place college athletic lineup, Conway and Amos hope that Vincent will pull them out of their years-long slump. And he does, but not before several Disneyesque slapstick highlights, not to mention a handful of amusing special-effects gags (at one point, Conway is shrunk to mouse size by witch doctor Roscoe Lee Browne). Despite its formidable lineup of comedians-Conway, Billy DeWolfe, Nancy Walker, Vito Scotti et. al.--The World's Greatest Athlete's funniest line goes to guest star Howard Cosell! The script is the handiwork of Gerald Gardner and Dee Caruso, late of That Was the Week That Was and Get Smart.more
Rating: G
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Dee Caruso, Gerald Gardner
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On DVD: Aug 2, 2005
Buena Vista


John Amos
as Coach Sam Archer
Tim Conway
as Milo Jackson
Dayle Haddon
as Jane Douglas
Nancy Walker
as Mrs. Petersen
Danny Goldman
as Leopold Maxwell
Vito Scotti
as Sports Fan
Clarence Muse
as Gazenga's Assistant
Liam Dunn
as Dr. Winslow
Leon Askin
as Dr. Gottlieb
Ivor Francis
as Dean Bellamy
Bill Toomey
as TV Spotter
Joe Kapp
as Buzzer Kozak
Jim McKay
as Himself
Bud Palmer
as Himself
Virginia Capers
as Native Woman
John Lupton
as Race Starter
Russ Conway
as Judge with Stopwatch
Dick Wilson
as Drunk in bar
Philip Ahn
as Old Chinaman
Sarah Selby
as Woman on Safari
Al Checco
as Dr. Checco
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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Pedestrian Disney has its family film humor moments.

July 21, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

August 14, 2005

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for The World's Greatest Athlete


Remember loving this when I saw it as a kid. But the reason was because Jan-Michael Vincent was SO CUTE! I have to feeling that if I was to revisit this, that's the ONLY thing I would find good about it.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer


Great Disney live action movie from the 70's.

Sean Gillespie

Super Reviewer


Enjoyable Disney outing.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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