A documentary on the first African-American boxer to ever become world heavyweight champion. Released on the same year as "The Great White Hope" and also Oscar nominated like that film, ... See full summary »

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Jack Johnson (voice)
Kevin Kennedy ...
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Tommy Burns ...
Himself (archive footage)
James J. Jeffries ...
Himself (archive footage)
Jack Johnson ...
Himself (archive footage)
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Himself (archive footage)
Jack London ...
Himself (archive footage)
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson ...
Himself (archive footage)
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Himself (archive footage)
Tex Rickard ...
Himself (archive footage)
Pancho Villa ...
Himself (archive footage)
Jess Willard ...
Himself (archive footage)
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A documentary on the first African-American boxer to ever become world heavyweight champion. Released on the same year as "The Great White Hope" and also Oscar nominated like that film, this project uses of stills, archive footage and his own words narrated by actor Brock Peters to present Johnson's life, trajectory and of course, 'the fight of the century' against James Jeffries. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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17 November 1978 (Denmark)  »

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Jack Johnson, the Big Fights  »

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Ken Burns also made a documentary about Jack Johnson 38 years later, called Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. See more »

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