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Jack Johnson (1970)

A documentary on the first African-American boxer to ever become world heavyweight champion. Released on the same year as "The Great White Hope" and also Oscar nominated like that film, ... See full summary »

Director:

Jim Jacobs

Writer:

Alan Bodian
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Brock Peters ... Jack Johnson (voice)
Kevin Kennedy Kevin Kennedy ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tommy Burns Tommy Burns ... Himself (archive footage)
James J. Jeffries James J. Jeffries ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack Johnson Jack Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)
V.I. Lenin ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack London ... Himself (archive footage)
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson ... Himself (archive footage)
Victor McLaglen ... Himself (archive footage)
Tex Rickard Tex Rickard ... Himself (archive footage)
Pancho Villa Pancho Villa ... Himself (archive footage)
Jess Willard Jess Willard ... Himself (archive footage)
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A documentary on the first African-American boxer to ever become world heavyweight champion. Released on the same year as "The Great White Hope" and also Oscar nominated like that film, this project uses of stills, archive footage and his own words narrated by actor Brock Peters to present Johnson's life, trajectory and of course, 'the fight of the century' against James Jeffries. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Genres:

Documentary | Sport

Certificate:

GP
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1978 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack Johnson, the Big Fights See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono
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Trivia

Ken Burns also made a documentary about Jack Johnson 38 years later, called Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. See more »

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