The Greatest 44 years old

The story you only think you knew.

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 song "Greatest Love of All", later remade by Whitney Houston, was written for this film and sung by George Benson. The movie 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.

Credits

Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall

Bill McDonald

James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones

Malcolm X

Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine

Angelo Dundee

Paul Winfield
Paul Winfield

Draft Lawyer

John Marley
John Marley

Dr. Ferdie Pacheco

Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali

Himself

All Cast

Name Character
David Huddleston He was 46, 85 years old when he died as Cruikshank
Paul Winfield He was 37, 64 years old when he died as Draft Lawyer
Robert Duvall He was 46, now 90 years old as Bill McDonald
John Marley He was 69, 76 years old when he died as Dr. Ferdie Pacheco
Drew Bundini Brown He was 49, 59 years old when he died as Himself
Ernest Borgnine He was 60, 95 years old when he died as Angelo Dundee
Ben Johnson He was 58, 77 years old when he died as Hollis
Lucille Benson She was 62, 69 years old when she died as Mrs. Fairlie
James Earl Jones He was 46, now 90 years old as Malcolm X
Skip Homeier He was 46, 86 years old when he died as Major
Roger E. Mosley He was 38, now 82 years old as Sonny Liston
Dina Merrill She was 53, 93 years old when she died as Velvet Green
Teddy Wilson He was 64, 73 years old when he died as Joe The Gardener
Muhammad Ali He was 35, 74 years old when he died as Himself
Stack Pierce He was 43, 82 years old when he died as Rahaman
Annazette Chase She was 35, now 79 years old as Belinda Ali
Lloyd Haynes He was 42, 52 years old when he died as Herbert Muhammad
Chip McAllister He was 19, now 63 years old as Cassius Clay aged 18
Sally Bondi as Bess
Richard Gullage as Commission Doctor

Crew

Name Department
Byron 'Buzz' Brandt as Editor. Editing
Harry Stradling, Jr. as Director of Photography. He was 52 (92) years old when He died Camera
Tom Gries as Director. He was 54 (54) years old when He died Directing
Michael Masser as Music. He was 36 (now 80) years old Sound
Ring Lardner, Jr. as Writer. He was 61 (85) years old when He died Writing
Muhammad Ali as Novel. He was 35 (74) years old when He died Writing
Monte Hellman as Director. He was 44 (now 89) years old Directing
The Greatest poster
The Greatest (44 years)

The story you only think you knew.

  • Release day: Tuesday, May 17, 1977
  • Runtime: 102 minutes