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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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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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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

Ron Shelton has expressed distaste for the film, because his script was completely revised by comedian Tony Hendra. See more »

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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 »

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Marvin Shabazz: I'll shove my dick so far up your ass, I'll impale your tonsils.
Sol: That's a lovely picture.
Marvin Shabazz: Shut up!
Sol: Okay.
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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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Spoofs Roger & Me (1989) 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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Very Underrated Film
11 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie doesn't get the credit it deserves as far as satire goes. It pokes a lot of fun at boxers and boxing itself. If you do not know anything about boxing this movie is still very enjoyable. If you have heard of Mike Tyson and Don King you will be good to go.

Sam Jackson and Damon Wayons head up the Boxer\Promoter duo. They are very funny together, and anytime Jon Lovitz joins in on the fun only adds to the experience. Jamie Fox is an opposing boxer's manager and as you can imagine, is pretty funny.

In the movie, The Sultan(Jackson) is trying to make more money off of his star boxer(Wayons). Their relationship is fine as long as the money is rolling in. However, PPV rates are falling and they need a new angle to get more viewers and more money. The Sultan decides to have "the champ" fight the only man to beat him in the amateur leagues. This man happens to be a WHITE man. This is where the movie goes all out and will make you laugh at racism\prejudices of boxing, and in society in general. Not many movies make you laugh at racism, but this one does a fine job.

The movie has a great cast(Sam Jackson, Damon Wayons, Jon Lovitz, Jeff Goldblum, Cheech Marin, Jamie Fox, and Peter Berg as the white Terry Conklin(who you probably know as a director, not an actor).

Very Enjoyable movie. It is fun, star-filled, and a good time all around. It doesn't drag on and hits it's marks perfectly. I hope you take the time to watch it if it is ever on.


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