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:
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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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 »


Roper's Trainer: You got stop eatin' this stuff and be in some kind of shape!
James Roper: Oh, I'm in shape! I'm round!
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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 »


References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »


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Very sharp boxing satire!
8 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Reading through the reviews on here, I can only assume that the humour in this film was wasted on a lot of people. Boxing is one of the few sports that translates well into the movies, with there being a decent number of great films based around the sport. This is slightly different to most however, as it takes a very humorous, cynical approach. There are so many memorable scenes and lines in the movie, right from the opening scene it's spot-on and I really can't work out where this criticism of the direction stems from! The fight scenes are over quickly and are nothing like the real thing - obviously - it's a comedy, not a documentary (sigh).

Like I said, I can only assume that the biting satire has been wasted on some viewers who were clearly expecting something different from the film. Each to their own, the film seems to have missed it's audience, but a 5 or 6 out of ten it certainly isn't! For me, it's definitely one of the better comedies out there. It's sharp, funny and well worth watching. 8 out of 10.

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