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The Great White Hype (1996)

R | | 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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Roper's Manager
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Vivian
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Marvin Shabazz
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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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Trivia

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 »

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 »

Quotes

James Roper: Hey, we ain't duckin' you man. You're just so black we can't find 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 Saturday Night Live: Jeff Goldblum/En Vogue (1997) See more »

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Knocked Nekked (From The Waist Down)
Performed by Jamie Foxx featuring Rudy Ray Moore (as Dolemite)
Written by Doug Rasheed, Jamie Foxx and Rudy Ray Moore
Produced by Doug Rasheed for Madcastle Productionz, Inc.
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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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