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Muhammad Ali stars as himself in this dramatised version of his life story up to the late 1970s. It includes his Olympic triumphs as Cassius Clay, his conversion to Islam, his refusal of ... See full summary »

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Ruby Sanderson
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Cassius Clay Aged 18 (as Phillip 'Chip' McAllister)
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Drew 'Bundini' Brown (as Drew 'Bundini' Brown)
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Muhammad Ali stars as himself in this dramatised version of his life story up to the late 1970s. It includes his Olympic triumphs as Cassius Clay, his conversion to Islam, his refusal of the Army draft and the legal battle after being stripped of his World Title. Written by Anonymous

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The story of a legend that took the world by storm. See more »

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According to Ernest Borgnine in his biography, there was a strong relationship which rose between him and Cassius Clay during the shooting. Muhammad Ali cried when he saw the Borgnine's character weep during one scene. See more »

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Ali is shown fighting Joe Bugner during the montage of bouts that took place between the first Frazier fight in 1971 and the first Norton fight in 1973.

However the footage is actually taken from the second fight with Bugner in 1975 instead of their first fight in 1973. Not only is this out of sequence for the montage but the second Bugner fight occurred after the Ali vs Foreman fight in 1974 which is the climax of the film. See more »

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I Always Knew I Had It In Me
Sung by George Benson
Music by Michael Masser
Lyrics by Gerry Goffin
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Egotistical to say the least
22 May 2002 | by (texas) – See all my reviews

Muhammed Ali is one of the most egotistical sports legends in history. I mean the title of the movie "The Greatest" . There are other boxers who could have put themselves on pedestals like that but they had more class.

I think the worst thing is ALI thinking not only is he the greatest boxer but so much better than everyone else like he is god . He was an excellent boxer but as a human being he tried to put himself above everyone else.A bit of a narcissist. Not a great movie ,average at best and Ali playing himself as an adult was just painful to watch.


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