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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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Milo Jackson
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Coach Sam Archer
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Leopold Maxwell
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Morumba
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Dean Bellamy
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Dr. Gottlieb
Howard Cosell ...
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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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John Amos replaced Godfrey Cambridge as Coach Sam Archer. Cambridge collapsed just after the start of filming and had to withdraw from the picture. See more »

Quotes

Nanu: [Nanu is smitten on meeting Jane] Me Nanu. You Jane.
Milo Jackson: Now that doesn't sound quite right...
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Referenced in NCIS: Jack Knife (2010) See more »

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The World's Greatest Athlete was an amusing enough Disney comedy from the '70s
2 June 2010 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

After a few decades of knowing about this '70s Disney comedy, I finally took my borrowed DVD and watched The World's Greatest Athlete. In this one, Coach John Amos and his assistant Tim Conway have been on the losing end of various sports endeavors for so long that dean Billy De Wolfe (in a too-brief role)-who's accompanied by his son Danny Goldman-remind them of just one more year on their contract. Amos tears it up and goes to Africa with Conway to get away from it all. There they find Jan-Michael Vincent who outruns a tiger. The only way they can get him, though, is if he saves one of them...I'll stop there and just say that this is one of those silly family comedies that was the House of Mickey's bread-and-butter during the decade that the other major studios were making big box office and winning Oscars with more mature fare. With the Tarzan-inspired story and many well-established special effects, there are quite a few chuckles here-and even a big laugh concerning a wheelchair-bound old man who can "suddenly" walk-that I admit to doing while watching. And it's fun seeing Conway either putting his head where it sometimes doesn't belong or getting moved by a voodoo doll once owned by a witch doctor played by Roscoe Lee Browne. But the stuff involving Nancy Walker as a near-sighted landlady and Goldman as the dean's interloping son I could do without. And stunning Dayle Haddon as Vincent's girlfriend (called Jane, of course) is just window dressing. Still, this is harmless fare that should provide enough enjoyable distraction for 90 minutes especially as you watch such real-life announcers like Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell join in on the fun. P.S. I just found out, via the IMDb site, that Mr. Goldman was the voice of Brainy Smurf on the "Smurfs" TV cartoon show.


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