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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Prince
Julio Escobar
Johnny Windsor
Bambi (as Salli Richardson)
Hassan El Ruk'n
Artemus St. John Saint
Roper's Manager
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 <pwong@nt.net>

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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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Did You Know?


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


James Roper: I'll beat him with my blackness.
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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 »


Spoofs Roger & Me (1989) See more »


Razitativ und Arie
from "Marriage of Figaro"
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (uncredited)
Performed by Otmar Suitner
Courtesy of Berlin Classics
by arrangement with Source/Q
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Likeable enough comedy slugfest
2 November 1999 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Okay, it's not the best film ever made, but it's an affable little number which'll certainly keep you entertained for an hour and a half. The storyline always seems secondary and the satire's never quite as punchy (ahaha... ha) as it should be, but there are some great comedy moments and a host of memorable characters (Damon Wayans' drawling pot-bellied champ, Peter Berg's peabrained challenger, Jeff Goldblum's rambling TV crusader, John Rhys-Davies' sweaty, foul-mouthed trainer) - and Sam Jackson's permanent big grin is all too infectious. Genuinely funny comedies aren't that easy to come by these days, so this one could definitely be a contender, give it a shot at the title, stick it up your ring etc. I'll get me coat.

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