The World's Greatest Athlete

Overview

One of the best of the early-1970s Disney farces, The World's Greatest Athlete stars Jan-Michael Vincent in the title role. A "wild boy" living off the land in the jungles of Africa, Vincent is discovered by coaches Tim Conway and John Amos. Cursed with a last-place college athletic lineup, Conway and Amos hope that Vincent will pull them out of their years-long slump. And he does, but not before several Disneyesque slapstick highlights, not to mention a handful of amusing special-effects gags at one point, ...
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Overview

One of the best of the early-1970s Disney farces, The World's Greatest Athlete stars Jan-Michael Vincent in the title role. A "wild boy" living off the land in the jungles of Africa, Vincent is discovered by coaches Tim Conway and John Amos. Cursed with a last-place college athletic lineup, Conway and Amos hope that Vincent will pull them out of their years-long slump. And he does, but not before several Disneyesque slapstick highlights, not to mention a handful of amusing special-effects gags at one point, Conway is shrunk to mouse size by witch doctor Roscoe Lee Browne. Despite its formidable lineup of comedians-Conway, Billy DeWolfe, Nancy Walker, Vito Scotti et. al.--The World's Greatest Athlete's funniest line goes to guest star Howard Cosell! The script is the handiwork of Gerald Gardner and Dee Caruso, late of That Was the Week That Was and Get Smart.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Outtakes; Original theatrical trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/2005
  • UPC: 786936278873
  • Original Release: 1973
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,760

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Conway Milo
Jan-Michael Vincent Nanu
John Amos Coach Sam Archer
Roscoe Lee Browne Gazenga
Dayle Haddon Jane
Billy De Wolfe Maxwell
Philip Ahn
Leon Askin Dr. Gottlieb
Virginia Capers
Al Checco
Leigh Christian
Don Pedro Colley Morumba
Russ Conway
Howard Cosell Himself
Liam Dunn Dr. Winslow
Ivor Francis Dean Bellamy
Frank Gifford Himself, Announcer
John Lupton
David Manzy
Jim McKay Himself
Clarence Muse Gazenga's Assistant
Bud Palmer Himself, Announcer
Vito Scotti Sports Fan
Sarah Selby
Dorothy Shay
Dick Wilson
Jack Griffin
Nancy Walker Mrs. Petersen
Joe Kapp Announcer
Bill Toomey Announcer
Jesus Franco
Danny Goldman Leopold
Technical Credits
Robert Scheerer Director
Dee Caruso Screenwriter
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
Gerald Gardner Screenwriter
Hal G. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Marvin Hamlisch Score Composer
Chuck Keehne Costumes/Costume Designer
Danny Lee Special Effects
Eustace Lycett Special Effects
John Mansbridge Art Director
Frank Phillips Cinematographer
Robert J. Schiffer Makeup
Emily Sundby Costumes/Costume Designer
Herb Taylor Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Tyler Art Director
Bill Walsh Producer
Cotton Warburton Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/"You Gotta Think!" [5:04]
2. New Recruit [12:38]
3. Tribal Medicine [6:45]
4. Culture Clash [15:15]
5. A Budding Romance [9:58]
6. A Real Witch Doctor [9:31]
7. Letting Go [8:23]
8. Attempting the Impossible [18:57]
9. The Right Thing to Do [5:09]
10. End Credits [:22]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selections
   Bonus Features
      Outtakes
      Original Theatrical Trailer
   Set Up
      English Captions for the Hearing Impaired
      No Captions
      Register Your DVD
   Sneak Peeks
      Play All
      Valiant
      Walt Disney Classic Family
      Walt Disney Timeless Tales
      Old Yeller Special Edition
      Kermit's 50th Anniversary
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