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The Great White Hype (1996)

R | | Comedy, Sport | 3 May 1996 (USA)
When the champ's promoter, Reverend 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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When the champ's promoter, Reverend 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 Reverend 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 film that James "The Grim Reaper" Roper is watching before the fight is Dolemite (1975). 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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James Roper: I'll beat him with my blackness.
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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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Performed by Ambersunshower
Written by A. Smith, A. Cordes, C. McIntosh, J. Eugene, S. Nichol
Produced by PM Dawn with additional production by Thomas "Tikk Takk" Piper
Ambersunshower appears courtesy of Gee Street Records, 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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