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The Great White Hype (1996)

R | | Comedy, Sport | 3 May 1996 (USA)
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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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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Artemus St. John Saint
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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 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)  »

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Eine K.O.mödie  »

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$7,874,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Such was Ron Shelton's dislike of The Great White Hype (1996), that he has said, "I tried to get my name taken off it, because the film they made was not the script I wrote. I find it a horrible movie." See more »

Goofs

Since the beginning of the film Roper is clearly not in the physical shape an experienced professional heavyweight boxer has to be in. See more »

Quotes

Hassan El Ruk'n: [singing] Fuck you... Fuck you!
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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 »

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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 12 May 2015 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Razitativ und Arie
from "Marriage of Figaro"
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (uncredited)
Performed by Otmar Suitner
Courtesy of Berlin Classics
by arrangement with Source/Q
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An equal opportunity offender!
20 January 2002 | by (NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

There's something in this movie to offend EVERYBODY: those of African descent, those of Jewish descent, those of dumb white guy descent, fight fans, music fans, you name it! Its saving grace is that it's so damn funny. Sam Jackson has WAY too much fun as the Don King-like boxing promoter who engineers a championship match for his fighter, played by Damon Wayans. (No, Damon doesn't exactly look like a heavyweight, but he's not meant to.) Jamie Foxx is hilarious as the frantic manager of a legitimate heavyweight contender passed over for Peter Berg's dim bulb. Rocky Carroll -- who's so serious on the excellent THE AGENCY -- here shows his comedy chops. I love this movie! (8 out of 10)


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