The Greatest (1977 film)

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The Greatest
The-greatest-movie-poster-1977.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tom Gries
Monte Hellman
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
Linda Creed
Gerry Goffin
Michael Masser
Cinematography Harry Stradling, Jr.
Edited by Byron Brandt
Production
company
Release dates
May 19, 1977
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English

The Greatest is a 1977 film about the life of boxer Muhammad Ali, in which Ali plays himself.[1] It was directed by Tom Gries and Monte Hellman.[1] The film 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 song "The Greatest Love of All" was written for this film and sung by George Benson; it was later remade by Whitney Houston as "Greatest Love of All".

The movie is based on a book written by Muhammad Ali, Herbert Muhammad and Richard Durham.

Cast[edit]

Rahaman Ali, Howard Bingham, Harold Conrad, Lloyd Wells, Pat Patterson, and Gene Kilroy appear as themselves.

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 Muhammad and his manager at one point.

Soundtrack[edit]

All music composed and produced by Michael Masser, and arranged by Masser and Lee Holdridge.

Side 1
No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "The Greatest Love of All" (George Benson) Linda Creed 5:32
2. "I Always Knew I Had It in Me" (Benson; version 1) Gerry Goffin 7:14
3. "Ali's Theme" (Masser) 5:18
Side 2
No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Ali Bombaye (Zaire Chant) I" (Masser and Mandrill) 3:42
2. "Ali Bombaye (Zaire Chant) II" (Masser and Mandrill) 3:00
3. "The Greatest Love of All" (Masser) 3:14
4. "Variations on Theme" (Masser) 2:34
5. "I Always Knew I Had It in Me" (Benson; version 2) Goffin 5:21

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