The World's Greatest Athlete

The World's Greatest Athlete


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The World's Greatest Athlete

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/02/2005
UPC: 0786936278873
Original Release: 1973
Rating: G
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 12,259

Special Features

Closed Caption; Outtakes; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Conway Milo
Jan-Michael Vincent Nanu
John Amos Coach Sam Archer
Roscoe Lee Browne Gazenga
Dayle Haddon Jane
Billy DeWolfe Maxwell
Philip Ahn Actor
Leon Askin Dr. Gottlieb
Virginia Capers Actor
Al Checco Actor
Leigh Christian Actor
Don Pedro Colley Morumba
Russ Conway Actor
Howard Cosell Himself
Liam Dunn Dr. Winslow
Ivor Francis Dean Bellamy
Frank Gifford Himself,Announcer
John Lupton Actor
David Manzy Actor
Jim McKay Himself
Clarence Muse Gazenga's Assistant
Bud Palmer Himself,Announcer
Vito Scotti Sports Fan
Sarah Selby Actor
Dorothy Shay Actor
Dick Wilson Actor
Jack Griffin Actor
Nancy Walker Mrs. Petersen
Joe Kapp Announcer
Bill Toomey Announcer
Jesus Franco Actor
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

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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