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The Great White Hype (1996)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry Conklin
Peter Prince
Julio Escobar
Johnny Windsor
Bambi (as Salli Richardson)
Hassan El Ruk'n
Artemus St. John Saint
Roper's Manager
Susan Gibney ...
Marvin Shabazz
Duane Davis ...
Palace Guard #1
Lamont Johnson ...
Palace Guard #2


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


If you can't find the perfect contender....make one.


Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

3 May 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eine K.O.mödie  »

Box Office


$7,874,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Many members of the cast made either guest appearances or had recurring roles on the FOX TV series ROC, which featured Rocky Carroll as a regular cast member. This includes: Samuel L. Jackson, Corbin Bernsen, Salli Richardson, Jamie Foxx, Albert Hall, Lamont Johnson, Art Evans and Rick Scarry. See more »


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 »


Hassan El Ruk'n: [singing] Fuck you... Fuck 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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Bring The Pain
Performed by Method Man
Written by Method Man (as Clifford Smith) and RZA (as Robert Diggs Jr.)
Produced by RZA
Method Man appears courtesy of Def-Jam Records, Inc.
by arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Expected better
1 April 1999 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

With the talents of Reginald Hudlin, Ron Shelton, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jeff Goldblum combined for one movie, you expect a lot better, but this really doesn't deliver the goods. Certainly, Jackson has a ball sending up Don King, as does Goldblum doing Howard Cosell, but it fizzles out near the end.

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