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The Great White Hype (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy, Sport  |  3 May 1996 (USA)
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When the champ's promoter, Rev. Sultan, decides something new is needed to boost the marketability of the boxing matches, he searches and finds the only man to ever beat the champ. The ... See full summary »

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Terry Conklin
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Peter Prince
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Sol
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Julio Escobar
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Johnny Windsor
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Bambi (as Salli Richardson)
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Hassan El Ruk'n
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Vivian
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Marvin Shabazz
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Storyline

When the champ's promoter, Rev. Sultan, decides something new is needed to boost the marketability of the boxing matches, he searches and finds the only man to ever beat the champ. The problem is that he isn't a boxer anymore and he's white. However, once Rev. Sultan convinces him to fight, he goes into heavy training while the confident champ takes it easy and falls out of shape. Written by P. Wong <pwong@nt.net>

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If you can't find the perfect contender....make one.

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Comedy | Sport

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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3 May 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eine K.O.mödie  »

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$7,874,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Game of Thrones and X-Men: Days of Future Past actor Peter Dinklage can be seen towards the end of the film as a leprechaun accompanying Conklin to the ring. See more »

Goofs

The length of Roper's cigarette just before the fight. See more »

Quotes

James Roper: I'll beat him with my blackness.
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Crazy Credits

While walking back to dressing room after fight, Conklin is followed by two little people from his entourage. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jeff Goldblum/En Vogue (1997) See more »

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I've Got You Under My Skin
Performed by Lou Rawls and Biz Markie
Written by Cole Porter
Arranged and Produced by Marcus Miller
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Very sharp boxing satire!
8 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Reading through the reviews on here, I can only assume that the humour in this film was wasted on a lot of people. Boxing is one of the few sports that translates well into the movies, with there being a decent number of great films based around the sport. This is slightly different to most however, as it takes a very humorous, cynical approach. There are so many memorable scenes and lines in the movie, right from the opening scene it's spot-on and I really can't work out where this criticism of the direction stems from! The fight scenes are over quickly and are nothing like the real thing - obviously - it's a comedy, not a documentary (sigh).

Like I said, I can only assume that the biting satire has been wasted on some viewers who were clearly expecting something different from the film. Each to their own, the film seems to have missed it's audience, but a 5 or 6 out of ten it certainly isn't! For me, it's definitely one of the better comedies out there. It's sharp, funny and well worth watching. 8 out of 10.


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