World's Greatest Athlete, The
G | 93 min | Wednesday, February 14, 1973
Written by Gerald Gardner and Dee Caruso of Get Smart fame, the 1973 Walt Disney Productions film, The World's Greatest Athlete harkens back to the early-to-mid-60s Disney "escapist" films such as The Nutty Professor, Son of Flubber, etc. Slapstick and special effects are in abundance, while the cast is frequently reduced to background.
Jan-Michael Vincent is discovered in Africa by athletic coaches Tim Conway and John Amos and subsequently brought to America in the hopes of providing a springboard for their alma mater's resurgence. A snag develops however, in the form of Nanu's (Vincent) mentor, an honest-to-goodness witch doctor. Conway and Amos finally persevere, and the comedy ratchets up a level.
Besides Conway and Amos, other notables making appearances include Billy DeWolfe, Nancy Walker, Vito Scotti, Roscoe Lee Browne, and, in a cameo as himself, Howard Cosell.
The World's Greatest Athlete, not surprisingly, failed to garner much in the way of critical kudos. Viewers will have difficulty remembering much about the film after its' hour and 40 minutes are completed.
Disney Movie Rating:
54.7 out of 100. Total of 2 votes.
World's Greatest Athlete, The Trailer
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