The World's Greatest Athlete (1973)

Director
Robert Scheerer

Main cast
Jan-Michael Vincent; Tim Conway; John Amos; Roscoe Lee Browne; Dayle Haddon

Genres
Comedy, Family

Description
Stuck with a feeble sports department, college coach Sam Archer (John Amos) faces the ax unless he can reverse the school's athletic fortunes. An African vacation with his assistant (Tim Conway) answers Archer's prayers when he spots the athletically gifted Nanu (Jan-Michael Vincent). Sam counts on Nanu's remarkable abilities to put the team back on the winning track. This upbeat farce boasts an impressive cast of comedians.


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