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The Greatest (1977)

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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Winner, Loser, Lover, Loudmouth... THE MAN See more »

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19 August 1977 (Ireland)  »

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Paul Winfield who plays the draft lawyer, went on to play Don King, Muhammad Ali's promotion manager in Tyson (1995) See more »

Goofs

Outside the Armed Forces induction center in Houston, a naval officer was wearing summer whites, with a khaki combination cover. That headpiece should have a white covering, not khaki, which was intended for use with summer khaki uniform. The cap is an option to the overseas cover, seen correctly worn on another officer. See more »

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Referenced in Small Change (1978) See more »

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The Greatest Love of All
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Sung by George Benson
Music by Michael Masser
Lyrics by Linda Creed
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Ali reading from a SCRIPT?? LET HIM TALK!!!!
21 September 2000 | by (Nebraska) – See all my reviews

The saddest thing about this film is that the script simply didn't have a feel for Ali's poetry or style...what results is a low-energy, plodding plot with remarkably bad switches from fight scenes to scripted bits. A good movie to break in your fast forward button from fight scene to fight scene. Also look for a forty-something Ferdie Pacheco played by a 70+ year-old actor...remarkable.


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