The Greatest (1977 film)
|Directed by||Tom Gries
|Produced by||John Marshall|
|Written by||Muhammad Ali (short)
Herbert Muhammad &
Richard Durham (book)
Ring Lardner, Jr.
|Starring||Muhammad Ali, Ernest Borgnine, James Earl Jones, Robert Duvall|
|Music by||Lee Holdridge
|Cinematography||Harry Stradling, Jr.|
|Editing by||Byron Brandt|
|Studio||British Lion Films
|Release dates||May 19, 1977|
|Running time||101 minutes|
The Greatest is a 1977 film about the life of boxer Muhammad Ali, in which Ali plays himself. It was directed by Tom Gries and Monte Hellman. The movie follows Ali's life from the 1960 Olympics to his regaining the heavyweight crown from George Foreman in their famous "Rumble in the Jungle" fight in 1974. The footage of the boxing matches themselves are largely the actual footage from the time involved.
The movie is based on a book written by Muhammad Ali, Herbert Muhammad and Richard Durham.
- Muhammad Ali as himself
- Ernest Borgnine as Angelo Dundee
- Arthur Adams as Cassius Clay Snr
- Dorothy Meyer as Odessa Clay
- Richard Venture as Colonel Cedrich
- Stack Pierce as Rahaman
- William Youngblood as young Mohammed
- Ben Medina as Ronnie
- Paul Mantee as Carrara
- Skip Homeier as the Major
- George Cooper as Ali's lawyer
- Ernie Wheelwright as Bossman Jones
- David Clennon as the Captain
- George Carro as Mr Curtis
- Don Dunphy as the commentator
- Ray Holland as a reporter
- Alberto Martin as the doctor
- Nai Bonet as Suzie Gomez
- Richard Gullage as the Commission doctor
- Sally Gries as the sponsor's wife
- Toni Crabtree as the hooker
There are many uncredited roles in the film including some major characters such as Ruby Sanderson his girlfriend, Belinda Board who became his wife and Herbert Mohammed son of Elijah Mohammed and his manager at one point.
- James Earl Jones is uncredited in the film in his role as Malcolm X.
- Robert Duvall is uncredited as a Miami promoter trying to get Ali to abandon the Muslim faith.
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