The Greatest

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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 film follows Ali's life from the 1960 Olympics to his regaining the heavyweight crown from George Foreman... read more
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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 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 movie is based on the book The Greatest: My Own Story written by Muhammad Ali and Richard Durham and edited by Toni Morrison. The song "The Greatest Love of All" was written for this film and sung by George Benson; it was later covered by Whitney Houston.

Original Release

05/17/1977

US Release

05/17/1977

Cast

Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali / Cassius Clay / Himself
Ernest Borgnine Angelo Dundee
John Marley Dr. Ferdie Pacheco
Lloyd Haynes Herbert Muhammad
Lucille Benson Mrs. Fairlie
Sally Bondi Bess
Malachi Throne Payton Jory
Teddy Wilson John the Gardener / Joe The Gardener
Annazette Chase Belinda Ali
Mira Waters Ruby Sanderson
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Tom Gries, Monte Hellman

Writers

Ring Lardner Jr., Muhammad Ali, Herbert Muhammad, Richard Durham

Cast

Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali / Cassius Clay / Himself
Ernest Borgnine Angelo Dundee
John Marley Dr. Ferdie Pacheco
Lloyd Haynes Herbert Muhammad
Lucille Benson Mrs. Fairlie
Sally Bondi Bess
Malachi Throne Payton Jory
Teddy Wilson John the Gardener / Joe The Gardener
Annazette Chase Belinda Ali
Mira Waters Ruby Sanderson
Chip McAllister Cassius Clay - Aged 18 / Cassius Clay aged 18
Drew Bundini Brown Drew 'Bundini' Brown / Himself
Robert Duvall Bill McDonald
David Huddleston Cruikshank
Ben Johnson Hollis
James Earl Jones Malcolm X
Dina Merrill Velvet Green
Roger E. Mosley Sonny Liston
Paul Winfield Draft Lawyer
Richard Gullage Commission Doctor

Producers

Editors

Byron 'Buzz' Brandt

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