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The Great White Hope (1970)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 16 October 1970 (USA)
A black champion boxer and his white female companion struggle to survive while the white boxing establishment looks for ways to knock him down.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Jefferson
... Eleanor Backman
Lou Gilbert ... Goldie
Joel Fluellen ... Tick
... Pop Weaver
... Dixon
Marlene Warfield ... Clara
... Cap'n Dan
... District Attorney Al Cameron
... Mama Tiny
... Scipio
... Smitty
George Ebeling ... Fred
... Franklyn Brady
... Pastor (as Roy E. Glenn Sr.)
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Boxer Jack Jefferson (James Earl Jones) is the world's reigning heavyweight boxing champion. There's just one problem, he is also the first black heavyweight champion, and that bothers a lot of people. Jack's celebration is cut short, as Jack is framed for crossing a state line with Eleanor, his white fiancé (Jane Alexander in her first film role), a violation of the Mann Act. Facing a prison sentence, Jack escapes to Europe, with Eleanor in tow, encountering problems in England, and then France, and eventually landing in Cuba. In Havana, Jack agrees to enter the boxing ring for what might be the bout of his life. Both Jones and Alexander were nominated for Oscars. Written by trivwhiz

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He could beat any white man in the world. He just couldn't beat all of them. See more »

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, and for language including racist dialogue | See all certifications »
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16 October 1970 (USA)  »

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L'insurgé  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was promoted and billed as "The most honored play in the history of Broadway...becomes an electrifying motion picture!" See more »

Goofs

In the first scene in which we see Jefferson practicing, the sweat on his shirt changes from shot to shot in a way that wouldn't be predicted by evaporation. See more »

Quotes

Goldie: [after they convince Brady to fight Jefferson] Good. So it's fixed Cap'n Dan.
Cap'n Dan: The man's in a hurry, Fred
Pop Weaver: What about terms?
Goldie: What? We're no babies here. You know my Jackie would fight your boy for a *nickel*.
Pop Weaver: 80-20, Goldie.
Goldie: What? A world's championship?
Fred: 80-20, that's it.
Goldie: God bless America.
Pop Weaver: And Cap'n Dan to be the referee.
Goldie: You're kidding me.
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Screenplay by Howard Sackler Based on his play See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Great White Hype (1996) See more »

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Auprès de ma blonde
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Arranged by Lionel Newman
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The little black hope
5 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

The title is no misnomer:although the movie tells the story of a black champion,"they " get out of their way to thwart this living "threat " for the white race;as users noticed it ,do not watch it if you expect "rocky": it's its exact contrary ,a failure story.

James Earl Jones portrays this fighter with a great dignity till the last pictures:he is bullied ,humiliated,persecuted;the best scene is for me that ridiculous performance of "Uncle Tom's cabin" on stage,with Jones and Alexander wearing wigs ,and playing the slave and Evangeline .

If Jones is not Rocky,Jane Alexander is not Adrian either;first of all ,she is white and well meaning were not prepared to accept it at the time (we are far from "guess who's coming to dine" in which a white bubble head girl is to marry a black future Nobel Prize).Alexander's transformation is extraordinary: a shy elegant lady in the first sequence,then a defiant woman during her "questioning",a partner who accompanies the champion in all his sufferings and humiliations -she is sublime as Eva ,the part of a little girl- and finally a broken human being,living in poverty,beaten by the man she loves in spite of all.

This is a movie for people with a strong heart ,and Martin Ritt was always an activist director ;I'd tone it a bit : he had always thought that France was the country where there was no racism (see also "Paris blues ,1961):it's wishful thinking.

That said ,you should not miss this courageous work.


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