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The Greatest

Director: Tom Gries, Monte Hellman

Cast: Muhammad Ali, Ernest Borgnine

 
It is hard to deny that Muhammad Ali is well cast as "himself" in this colorful biopic. The fact that Ali can't act his way out of a wet paper bag is hardly important; audiences came to see their hero in action in the boxing ring, and they weren't disappointed. The rambling, episodic screenplay covers Ali's life from his "Cassius Clay" days to the celebrated

Overview

It is hard to deny that Muhammad Ali is well cast as "himself" in this colorful biopic. The fact that Ali can't act his way out of a wet paper bag is hardly important; audiences came to see their hero in action in the boxing ring, and they weren't disappointed. The rambling, episodic screenplay covers Ali's life from his "Cassius Clay" days to the celebrated Ali/George Foreman bout. An inordinate amount of screen time is given over to Ali's conversion to Islam and his potentially career-breaking decision not to serve in the Army. Ernest Borgnine does his usual as Ali's first trainer Angelo Dundee, while Roger E. Mosley, cast as Sonny Liston, exhibits more star power than the real Liston and Ali combined! The Greatest was the final directorial effort from the late Tom Gries.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2001
UPC:
0043396062054
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
G
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
5,586

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Widescreen & full-screen presentations; Audio: English [mono], French; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Theatrical trailers; Interactive menus; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali
Ernest Borgnine Angelo Dundee
John Marley Dr. Ferdie Pacheco
Lloyd Haynes Herbert
Robert Duvall Bill McDonald
James Earl Jones Malcolm X
David Huddleston Cruikshank
Ben Johnson Hollis
Dina Merrill Velvet Green
Roger E. Mosley Sonny Liston
Paul Winfield Lawyer
Annazette Chase Belinda Ali
Mira Waters Ruby Sanderson
Phillip MacAllister Young Cassius Clay., Jr.
Dorothy Meyer Odessa Clay
Lucille Benson Mrs. Fairlie
Theodore Wilson Gardener
Skip Homeier Major
Sally Gries Sponsor's Wife
Arthur Adams Cassius Clay, Sr.
Nai Bonet Suzie Gomez
Drew Bundi Brown Actor
David Clennon Captain
Harold Conrad Himself
George Cooper Lawyer
Toni Crabtree Hooker
Don Dunphy Commentator
James Gammon "Mr. Harry"
Ray Holland Reporter
Paul Mantee Carrara
Elizabeth Marshall Sponsor's Wife
Alberto Martin Doctor
Philip McAllister Cassius Clay
Ben Medina Ronnie
Pat Patterson Actor
Stack Pierce Johnson
Malachi Throne Payton Jory
Richard Venture Colonel
Ernie Wheelwright Bossman Jones

Technical Credits
Tom Gries Director
Monte Hellman Director
Byron Brandt Editor
Solomon Brewer Set Decoration/Design
Linda Creed Songwriter
Candy Flanagin Special Effects
Gerry Goffin Songwriter
Ring Lardner Screenwriter
John Marshall Producer
Michael Masser Score Composer
Bill Randall Sound/Sound Designer
Eric Seelig Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Shaw Asst. Director
Robert Emmet Smith Production Designer
Sandra Stewart Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Tom Tuttle Makeup
William J. Tuttle Makeup

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:18]
2. How Cassius Took Rome [2:20]
3. Nobody's Boy [6:15]
4. Exhibition [2:28]
5. Ain't Worth a Damn [3:10]
6. Calling the Rounds [3:22]
7. Malcolm X [2:08]
8. Bundini Brown [2:36]
9. Taunting Sonny Liston [6:10]
10. Three Questions [5:16]
11. Bill McDonald [3:04]
12. The Weigh-In [2:30]
13. The New Champion [:54]
14. Announcements [1:47]
15. Lady and the Champ [5:47]
16. Reclassified 1A [1:14]
17. Belinda [3:22]
18. Resisting Induction [1:12]
19. Five-Year Sentence [4:14]
20. Petition Denied [5:32]
21. Boxing in His Blood [1:14]
22. Ali vs. Quarry [5:54]
23. Supreme Court Decision [2:13]
24. Ali vs. Frazier [:44]
25. Ali vs. Norton I [4:58]
26. Ali vs. Norton II [7:21]
27. Ali vs. Foreman [5:35]
28. The Greatest [3:07]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:18]
2. How Cassius Took Rome [2:20]
3. Nobody's Boy [6:15]
4. Exhibition [2:28]
5. Ain't Worth a Damn [3:10]
6. Calling the Rounds [3:22]
7. Malcolm X [2:08]
8. Bundini Brown [2:36]
9. Taunting Sonny Liston [6:10]
10. Three Questions [5:16]
11. Bill McDonald [3:04]
12. The Weigh-In [2:30]
13. The New Champion [:54]
14. Announcements [1:47]
15. Lady and the Champ [5:47]
16. Reclassified 1A [1:14]
17. Belinda [3:22]
18. Resisting Induction [1:12]
19. Five-Year Sentence [4:14]
20. Petition Denied [5:32]
21. Boxing in His Blood [1:14]
22. Ali vs. Quarry [5:54]
23. Supreme Court Decision [2:13]
24. Ali vs. Frazier [:44]
25. Ali vs. Norton I [4:58]
26. Ali vs. Norton II [7:21]
27. Ali vs. Foreman [5:35]
28. The Greatest [3:07]

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