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The Great White Hype (1996)

 -  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
Susan Gibney ...
Vivian
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Marvin Shabazz
Duane Davis ...
Palace Guard #1
Lamont Johnson ...
Palace Guard #2
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Eine K.O.mödie  »

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$7,874,000 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The length of Roper's cigarette just before the fight. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Windsor: Terry, listen to me: do this for the white race. You may be Irish, but they're almost white.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.4 (2011) See more »

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Coolie High
Performed by Camp Lo
Written by Anthony Roberts, Anthony Willis, Saladine Wallace, Salahadeen Wilds
Produced by Jocko and Ski for Rok-A-Blok Productions
Camp Lo appears courtesy of Profile Records
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Weak comedy with wasted talent ........
29 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Weak boxing comedy with mostly caricatures rather than characters, The film comes across more like an idea for a script, with the actors just trying to make it funny. Unfortunately the talent of Samuel L Jackson, John Lovitz, Jeff Goldblum, and Damon Wayans is mostly wasted. This definitely is not a "black comedy", although there are plenty of misfiring "Black" jokes. As for the spectacle heavyweight fight, it is almost a non event, and the buildup not much better. I maybe chuckled twice, and most of the attempts at humor seem forced. Also, there are several scenes that are interminable, and lose any comedic impact they might have had. In short, "The Great White Hype" was a huge disappointment as a comedy and as a boxing movie. - MERK


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