The Greatest (1977 film)

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The Greatest
The greatest dvd cover.jpg
DVD cover
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
British Lion Films
EMI Films
Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) 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".[citation needed]

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


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.


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