GenreBiography, Drama, Sport Duration CountryUnited States
DirectorTom Gries, Monte Hellman WriterMuhammad Ali, Herbert Muhammad, Richard Durham, Ring Lardner, Jr. Release dateMay 19, 1977 AwardsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture CastMuhammad Ali (Himself), Ernest Borgnine (Angelo Dundee), John Marley (Dr. Ferdie Pacheco), Lloyd Haynes (Herbert Muhammad), Lucille Benson (Mrs. Fairlie), Sally Bondi (Bess) Similar moviesSouthpaw, The Wolf of Wall Street, Rocky, Pulp Fiction, Unbroken, The Boy Next Door
TaglineThe story you only think you knew.
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The Greatest is a 1977 film about the life of boxer Muhammad Ali, in which Ali plays himself. It was directed by Tom Gries and Monte Hellman. The film follows Ali's life from the 1960 Olympics to his regaining the heavyweight crown from George Foreman in their famous "Rumble in the Jungle" fight in 1974. The footage of the boxing matches themselves are largely the actual footage from the time involved.
The movie is based on the book The Greatest: My Own Story written by Muhammad Ali and Richard Durham and edited by Toni Morrison.
The song "The Greatest Love of All" was written for this film and sung by George Benson; it was later covered by Whitney Houston.
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Muhammad Ali as Himself
Ernest Borgnine as Angelo Dundee
John Marley as Dr. Ferdie Pacheco
Lloyd Haynes as Herbert Muhammad
Robert Duvall as Bill McDonald
David Huddleston as Cruikshank
Ben Johnson as Hollis
James Earl Jones as Malcolm X
Dina Merrill as Velvet Green
Roger E. Mosley as Sonny Liston
Paul Winfield as Draft Lawyer
Annazette Chase as Belinda Ali
Mira Waters as Ruby Sanderson
Drew Bundini Brown as Himself
Malachi Throne as Payton Jory
Richard Venture as Colonel Cedrich
Arthur Adams as Cassius Clay Sr
Stack Pierce as Johnson
Paul Mantee as Carrara
Skip Homeier as the Major
David Clennon as the Captain
Nai Bonet as Suzie Gomez
Rahman Ali, Howard Bingham, Harold Conrad, Don Dunphy, Lloyd Wells, Pat Patterson, and Gene Kilroy appear as themselves.
There are many uncredited roles in the film including some major characters, such as Ruby Sanderson and his girlfriend, Belinda Board, who became his wife, and Herbert Mohammed, son of Elijah Muhammad, who was Ali's manager at one point.
Lonette McKee was originally going to portray the role played by Annazette Chase.
All music composed and produced by Michael Masser, and arranged by Masser and Lee Holdridge.