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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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Sol
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Johnny Windsor
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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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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 lion's head entrance to the MGM Grand featured in the movie has since been removed because many Chinese gamblers avoided the casino (or entered through the back entrance), due to the feng shui belief that entering the mouth of the lion was bad luck. See more »

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

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Rev. Fred Sultan: Mano a mano? My dick wants to laugh.
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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 The Great White Hope (1970) See more »

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Bring The Pain
Performed by Method Man
Written by Method Man (as Clifford Smith) and RZA (as Robert Diggs Jr.)
Produced by RZA
Method Man appears courtesy of Def-Jam Records, Inc.
by arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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cool boxing movie
16 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

In Great White Hype Rev. Fred Sultan (Samuel L. Jackson) is a shrewd boxing promoter and manager whose big ticket is heavyweight champion James "The Grim Reaper" Roper (Damon Wayans), a fighter whose skill and confidence significantly outstrips his intelligence. While the top-ranked contender for Roper's title is Marvin Shabazz (Michael Jace), Sultan isn't too keen on the idea of Shabazz fighting Roper it seems that both fighters are black, and Sultan's figures show that mixed race matches stir up a lot more media attention and pay per view buyers. Eager to find a white challenger for Roper, Sultan digs up Terry Conklin (Peter Berg), who won a Golden Gloves fight against Roper many years ago but is now out of the game and fronting a rock band called Massive Head Wound. Thanks to a few bribes and a couple of fixed fights, Sultan is able to arrange for Conklin to be next in line to battle "The Grim Reaper." However, Conklin is taking his renewed career as a boxer quite seriously, while Roper, convinced that Conklin doesn't stand a chance, has let himself go and gained a lot of weight. Suddenly Sultan realizes that Roper might just lose the piece-of-cake fight he's so carefully arranged, while journalist Mitchell Kane (Jeff Goldblum) smells a rat in Conklin's sudden rise to ranking status. The Great White Hype I found funny, but it probably could have been a lot better with the cast they have here. The Great White Hype along with cool boxing also had some nice music I especially enjoyed the Brian Setzer scene.


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