The World's Greatest Athlete (1973)

The World's Greatest Athlete (1973)





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This Disney farce stars Jan-Michael Vincent as 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 line-up, Conway and Amos hope that Vincent will pull them out of their years-long slump.
Comedy , Kids & Family
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Tim Conway
as Milo Jackson
John Amos
as Coach Sam Archer
Nancy Walker
as Mrs. Petersen
Jim McKay
as Himself
Billy De Wolfe
as Maxwell
Liam Dunn
as Dr. Winslow
Clarence Muse
as Gazenga's Assistant
Russ Conway
as Judge with Stopwatch
Philip Ahn
as Old Chinaman
Frank Gifford
as Himself
Ivor Francis
as Dean Bellamy
Leon Askin
as Dr. Gottlieb
Dayle Haddon
as Jane Douglas
John Lupton
as Race Starter
Vito Scotti
as Sports Fan
Danny Goldman
as Leopold Maxwell
Virginia Capers
as Native Woman
Howard Cosell
as Himself
Al Checco
as Dr. Checco
Sarah Selby
as Woman on Safari
Dick Wilson
as Drunk in bar
Joe Kapp
as Buzzer Kozak
Bud Palmer
as Himself
Bill Toomey
as TV Spotter
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Critic Reviews for The World's Greatest Athlete

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Pedestrian Disney has its family film humor moments.

July 20, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

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August 14, 2005

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Audience Reviews for The World's Greatest Athlete


One of Disney's better live action films (after Old Yeller, Poppins, Herbie & Dr. Syn), complete with examples of using voodoo as part of an athletic training regimen. With the usual batch of great supporting cast.

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

Great Disney live action movie from the 70's.

Sean Gillespie
Sean Gillespie

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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
Cindy I

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