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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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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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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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The lion's head entrance to the MGM Grand, featured in the movie, has since been removed, because many Chinese gamblers avoided the casino (or entered through the back entrance), due to the feng shui belief, that entering the mouth of the lion was bad luck. See more »

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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 »

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Johnny Windsor: Terry, listen to me: do this for the white race. You may be Irish, but they're almost white.
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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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Funny, Boxing Insider type Movie
25 November 2003 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

First of all, this movie is funny. Even if you're not an insider to the world of boxing, this film makes many references you'll recognize and goes over the top with it and with some of the flamboyant people who have graced the sport.

Then there is the whole idea of finding a white boxer, besides the obligatory "Rocky" that is, that people can get behind to breathe new life into the sport.

Here you have every stereotype of that world thrown in from the promoters to the media personnel who made boxing what it is today -- Hype.

Here is a promoter who is keeping his client from fighting the one guy who can actually beat him (hence ruin their meal tickets), to come up with someone else to make Hype and recover funds he already spent that he can't pay the boxing champ. That among other things. Samuel L. Jackson is fun to watch as is Jeff Goldblum and Jamie Fox and Damon Wayons as the over-hyped champ. Rounding this out is the usual bottom feeders played well by Jon Lovitz and Corbin Bernsen. This movie can be uneven at times, but overall its entertainment, and a sarcastic view into the boxing promotion world like no other. Two stars out of four.


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