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The Great White Hype (1996)

 -  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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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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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

The Sultan (Samuel L. Jackson) greets a man with shoulder length black hair and a black suit with "Hey Vincent, Vincent, where's Jules man," a reference to Jackson's character in Pulp Fiction (1994). See more »

Goofs

When Roper is watching the soap opera, and throws the ring away to watch his entourage chase it, it clearly falls out of the box as it skips on the floor. Yet, when Rollo puts it on, before Roper takes it, he takes it out of the box. See more »

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Sol: I can't make caviar out of fish eggs!
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While walking back to dressing room after fight, Conklin is followed by two little people from his entourage. See more »

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Features Dolemite (1975) 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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An Excellent Story of Modern Boxing

I have to admit that when I rented this movie, I was expecting a dumb comedy that would fail to show the reality of boxing. However, this film is a very funny film that also has a rather keen insight into the current state of boxing. Samuel L. Jackson plays a "Don King" type guy that is stuck with the problem of having a champ that might be too good. No one wants to pay to see the guy, because there are no quality fighters out there to challenge him. So, Jackson goes about creating a contender for the champ. What is the one thing you need to get people in the arena to watch? Well, a white challenger of course, experience not necessary. Surely many white Americans will pay to see one of their own knock down the overly cocky, black champ. Berg plays the "Great White Hope." The beauty of this film is the comedic way that it shows the real life corruption in boxing today. Fights are fixed, promotions are staged and very rarely do you have the best fighting the best. Moreover, we as viewers fall into the same trap that boxing fans do. Here you have an unqualified contender, that has no prayer of beating the champ. However, as we see the hype done by these snake oil salesmen, we start to believe that Berg's character actually has a chance to win. If you are a boxing fan, you will love this film, because it is real. Even if you are not a boxing fan, you will enjoy it. Very funny film and great acting performances. Believe the hype!


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