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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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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)  »

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$7,874,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Jon Lovitz's character mentions, when watching film of Tommy Morrison being knocked out, that he is 'John Wayne's cousin'. Morrison is actually John Wayne's (real name Marion Michael Morrison) grand nephew. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Rev. Fred Sultan: Mano a mano? My dick wants to laugh.
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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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Likeable enough comedy slugfest
2 November 1999 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Okay, it's not the best film ever made, but it's an affable little number which'll certainly keep you entertained for an hour and a half. The storyline always seems secondary and the satire's never quite as punchy (ahaha... ha) as it should be, but there are some great comedy moments and a host of memorable characters (Damon Wayans' drawling pot-bellied champ, Peter Berg's peabrained challenger, Jeff Goldblum's rambling TV crusader, John Rhys-Davies' sweaty, foul-mouthed trainer) - and Sam Jackson's permanent big grin is all too infectious. Genuinely funny comedies aren't that easy to come by these days, so this one could definitely be a contender, give it a shot at the title, stick it up your ring etc. I'll get me coat.


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