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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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Artemus St. John Saint
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Vivian
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Marvin Shabazz
Duane Davis ...
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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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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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Trivia

The film that James "The Grim Reaper" Roper is watching before the fight is Dolemite (1975). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Rev. Fred Sultan: Who was the last person to beat the champ?
Sol: His mother!
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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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Danny Boy
Performed and Produced by Brian Setzer
Written by Frederick Edward Weatherly
Brian Setzer appears courtesy of Interscope Records
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Smart Satirical Jest !

The situation is perfect. It's one of the movies where there is nothing bad to refer to. It's about only one match and how it exposes the contradictions of this world; which's here the community of boxing. I loved how the whole characters declare something moral while achieving their hidden, damn materialistic, aims. In fact the shown scene is for America when money is god, and 99 % of the Americans are so godly! The casting is the movie's biggest hit; everyone was in the right place. The script is lissome, coming to its point without any elongation. The characters are made in a way suits the desired in this drollery of a movie. It harmonies smartly, carrying out itself as enjoyable, being an enough compensation from director (Reginald Hudlin) for his previous, real bad, movie (Boomerang – 1992). It was so good to an extent forces you to ask why it was that short? Why the gifted supporting actors (Jon Lovitz, Cheech Marin, Jamie Foxx,..) didn't have more on-screen time with more material? Actually, it's not basically a comedy inasmuch as a satire; that could bother some I suppose, since the funniness wasn't as high as the sarcastic criticism, with comic actors around while not making many laughs. However, it said all what Oliver Stone's surely heavier, louder and longer movie (Any Given Sunday) stretched and overload 3 years later, and in focused nice way as well. (The Great White Hype) is a jest where the substance is itself the surface totally unlike the world it sneered at. It's only imperfect point is that some jests can't be used more than once. So, despite how I liked it, I may find nothing in it to be re-watched again (except for Damon Wayans running after the ice cream's van of course !). Finally, do I smell a point of view in the title about how the great hype is "white" in the first place ?!


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