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The Greatest

1 rating: 3.0
1977 film directed by Tom Gries and Monte Hellman

Monte Hellman took over after Tom Gries died during production.      Based upon Muhammad Ali's The Greatest autobiography.

Genre: Biopic, Drama
Release Date: May 19, 1977
MPAA Rating: PG
1 review about The Greatest

Muhammad Ali starring as himself.

  • Jan 5, 2010
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The Greatest was a bio-pic that starred Muhammad Ali as himself. This film was based upon a autobiography of the same name. Who else could portray the "Greatest of All Time" other than the man himself. The movie follows Ali from when he was known as Cassius Clay, winning the boxing gold medal, defeating Sonny Liston for the World's Heavyweight Boxing title,  refusing to be inducted into the military because of his deep religious beliefs up to his win against George Foreman.  You will also see the triumphs and tragedies that Ali faced during the early 60's to the mid 70's.  Ernest Borgnine co-stars Angelo Dundee, James Earl Jones as Malcolm X and Paul Winfield guest starring as Ali's lawyer.

I felt that Ali did a good job of portraying himself. I can't see any other person being able of doing the job. ALI, the movie didn't do the man justice. It was filled with a lot of flaws and omissions. THE GREATEST may not be the best movie around, but if you want to see the man in all of his glory then you have to watch this movie. It was a real hoot to see Ali running his famous "Louisville Lip" and it was also nice to see Ali's inner circle of friends and confidants live and up close. I enjoyed this film much more than the overrated ALI.

Recommended for boxing fans.

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