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Dee Caruso (written by)
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14 February 1973 (USA) See more »
From the Jungle to the Gym...He's the Greatest! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tim Conway ... Milo Jackson

Jan-Michael Vincent ... Nanu

John Amos ... Coach Sam Archer

Roscoe Lee Browne ... Gazenga

Dayle Haddon ... Jane

Billy De Wolfe ... Dean Maxwell

Nancy Walker ... Mrs. Petersen
Danny Goldman ... Leopold Maxwell

Don Pedro Colley ... Morumba

Vito Scotti ... Games spectator
Liam Dunn ... Dr. Winslow

Ivor Francis ... Dean Bellamy

Leon Askin ... Dr. Gottlieb
Howard Cosell ... Himself - Announcer

Frank Gifford ... Himself - Announcer

Jim McKay ... Himself - Announcer
Bud Palmer ... Himself - Announcer
Joe Kapp ... Announcer Buzzer Kozak
Bill Toomey ... Himself - Announcer

Clarence Muse ... Gazenga's Assistant
Leigh Christian

Virginia Capers ... Native Woman

Philip Ahn ... Old Chinaman

John Lupton ... Race Starter
Sarah Selby ... Woman on Safari

Russ Conway ... Judge with Stopwatch
Al Checco ... Dr. Checco

Dick Wilson ... Drunk in bar

Dorothy Shay
Jack Griffin

David Mooney (as David Manzy)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pete Carroll ... Running Back footballer (uncredited)

Brian Sullivan ... Football Player #31 (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Scheerer 
Writing credits
Gerald Gardner (written by) and
Dee Caruso (written by)

Produced by
Bill Walsh .... producer
Original Music by
Marvin Hamlisch 
Cinematography by
Frank V. Phillips (director of photography) (as Frank Phillips)
Film Editing by
Cotton Warburton 
Art Direction by
John B. Mansbridge 
Walter H. Tyler  (as Walter Tyler)
Set Decoration by
Hal Gausman 
Costume Design by
Chuck Keehne 
Emily Sundby 
Makeup Department
La Rue Matheron .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael J. Dmytryk .... assistant director (as Michael Dmytryk)
Arthur J. Vitarelli .... second unit director
Sound Department
Herb Taylor .... sound
Special Effects by
Art Cruickshank .... special effects
Danny Lee .... special effects
Eustace Lycett .... special effects
Hans Metz .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Alan Maley .... matte artist
Dick Warlock .... stunt double: Tim Conway (uncredited)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stan Reed .... key grip (uncredited)
John R. Shannon .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bill Williams .... gererator operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Other crew
Bob Holter .... animal supervisor
Gene Holter .... animal supervisor
Bill Toomey .... athletic technical advisor
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Gentle Jungle [us] (uncredited)
Leonard Shannon .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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93 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

African fauna and animals featured in the film included lions, gazelles, zebras, rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, antelopes, and elephants.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Bengal tiger's are from India not Africa.See more »
Nanu:[Nanu is smitten on meeting Jane] Me Nanu. You Jane.
Milo Jackson:Now that doesn't sound quite right...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "NCIS: Jack-Knife (#7.15)" (2010)See more »


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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Silly Fun, 24 April 2002

This is a fish out of water story in which coach John Amos and sidekick Tim Conway find a young jungle man and figure he'd be a great athlete if he were taken to civilization to compete in athletic competitions. So they give it a try. Like many Disney films from the early 1970s, it's loaded with silly humor and contrived sentiment, yet there is a certain charm that may endear it to the younger members of its audience.

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