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The World's Greatest Athlete (1973)

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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Cast

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Milo Jackson
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Coach Sam Archer
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Gazenga
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Jane
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Mrs. Petersen
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Leopold Maxwell
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Morumba
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Games spectator
Liam Dunn ...
Dr. Winslow
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Dean Bellamy
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Dr. Gottlieb
Howard Cosell ...
Himself - Announcer
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Himself - Announcer
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Storyline

Coach Archer is has not won anything in any sport that his school has participated during his tenure. Now the head of the Alumni Association, who was one of the people who endorsed him for the job, feels like Archer is making him look bad. He then tells him that this coming season is the last on his contract and will be his "last" unless he turns things around. He and his assistant, Milo go to Africa for a little vacation. While there they discover a man named Nanu, who grew up in the jungle after his missionary parents died, and who is also by all aspects the greatest athlete in the world. And if Archer can get him back to the States, he can save his job. However, Nanu is happy where he is. So Archer tricks him into doing an act by jungle law obligates him to be with Archer. When they arrive Archer gets him into the school and gets him a tutor, Jane. The two of them fall for each other the moment they meet each other. This does not make Leopold, her former boyfriend, very happy, so ... Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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From the Jungle to the Gym...He's the Greatest! See more »


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14 February 1973 (USA)  »

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Big Boy - Der aus dem Dschungel kam  »

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Trivia

Scenes featuring the African country of Zambia were not shot there but in fact were filmed at the then 487 acre "Lion County Safari Park" south of Disneyland in Southern California owned by Ralph Helfer. The jungle sequences were shot at the Caswell Memorial State Park near Ripon, California. See more »

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Bengal tiger's are from India not Africa. See more »

Quotes

Gazenga: The Innocent Man will live, the Guilty one will die.
[Both the accused drink the potion in turn. The one on the left retches and dies. Then the other one retches and dies too]
Coach Sam Archer: I guess they were both guilty...
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Referenced in NCIS: Jack-Knife (2010) See more »

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I was lucky enough........
13 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to be able to see part of "Athlete" being made at my college in Stockton, California in 1972.I also got to meet Jan-Michael Vincent, John Amos and Tim Conway.I also had a confrontation with the tiger. Those memories will be something I won't forget. To top it off, John Amos and Tim Conway also made a surprise visit to my parents, cousin, and Aunt's restaurant also located in Stockton, California. It was called "Al Funzo's.It was a great evening for me, and my family, and the Restaurant patrons that came in that night.As for the movie, The World's Greatest Athlete" was and still is excellent, and ranks high in my list of favorite movies.


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