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In this Disney comedy, a down on his luck coach travels to Africa where he spots the world's greatest athlete - a white Tarzan-type. The coach brings him back to the U.S. of A. to compete.

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In this Disney comedy, a down on his luck coach travels to Africa where he spots the world's greatest athlete - a white Tarzan-type. The coach brings him back to the U.S. of A. to compete. Written by Anonymous

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14 February 1973 (USA)  »

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Big Boy - Der aus dem Dschungel kam  »

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The name of Nanu (Jan-Michael Vincent)'s pet Bengal tiger was "Harri". See more »

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Nanu: [Nanu is smitten on meeting Jane] Me Nanu. You Jane.
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Sports comedy from Disney degenerates into voodoo nonsense, all for the sake of yahoo laughs...
26 December 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

John Amos plays a luckless coach who bombs out at football, baseball, basketball--but during a trip to Africa he discovers a Tarzan-like athlete (Jan-Michael Vincent) and wisely turns his attention to the track and field. Inane family comedy from the folks at Disney--who apparently had no faith in their basic premise, thereby shoehorning in a dire voodoo subplot which allows for comedic special effects, such as over-sized props. Vincent, looking like a Tiger Beat pinup, is well-cast, and Amos tries hard, but Tim Conway (always an acquired taste) is both broad and boring in a gratuitous supporting role as a flunky. For aficionados of archaic matinée entries, not too terrible; however genuine inspiration is lacking, as is that old Disney snap. *1/2 from ****


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