The World's Greatest Athlete features Jan-Michael Vincent in title role of a jungle boy transplanted to an American campus where he becomes a one-man track squad. Emphasis is on visual comedy, from the sublime to the camp.

The World’s Greatest Athlete features Jan-Michael Vincent in title role of a jungle boy transplanted to an American campus where he becomes a one-man track squad. Emphasis is on visual comedy, from the sublime to the camp.

Coach John Amos and assistant Tim Conway, with a terrible record behind them in all sports and alumnus Billy De Wolfe on their backs, discover Vincent during a trip to Africa. Vincent’s godfather, witchdoctor Roscoe Lee Browne, is tricked into letting him go back with Amos and Conway, who proceed to enter Vincent as the solo contender for a slew of inter-college field awards.

Vincent provides beefcake and little else, since the script keeps him in the status of the bewildered alien.

The World's Greatest Athlete

Production

Walt Disney. Director Robert Scheerer; Producer Bill Walsh; Screenplay Gerald Gardner, Dee Caruso; Camera Frank Phillips; Editor Cotton Warburton; Music Marvin Hamlisch; Art Director John B. Mansbridge, Walter Tyler

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1973. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Tim Conway Jan-Michael Vincent John Amos Roscoe Lee Browne Dayle Haddon Billy De Wolfe
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