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The Great White Hype (1996)

R | | Comedy, Sport | 3 May 1996 (USA)
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When the champ's promoter, Reverend 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 »

Director:

Reginald Hudlin

Writers:

Tony Hendra (screenplay), Ron Shelton (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Rev. Fred Sultan
Jeff Goldblum ... Mitchell Kane
Peter Berg ... Terry Conklin
Corbin Bernsen ... Peter Prince
Jon Lovitz ... Sol
Cheech Marin ... Julio Escobar
John Rhys-Davies ... Johnny Windsor
Salli Richardson-Whitfield ... Bambi (as Salli Richardson)
Jamie Foxx ... Hassan El Ruk'n
Rocky Carroll ... Artemus St. John Saint
Albert Hall ... Roper's Manager
Susan Gibney ... Vivian
Michael Jace ... Marvin Shabazz
Duane Davis ... Palace Guard #1
Lamont Johnson ... Palace Guard #2
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Storyline

When the champ's promoter, Reverend 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 Reverend 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.

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Didžioji baltoji apgaule See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,874,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The song Terry Conklin and his band are performing in the club when Sultan comes to see him is "Feed" by the band Local H. See more »

Goofs

Since the beginning of the film Roper is clearly not in the physical shape an experienced professional heavyweight boxer has to be in. See more »

Quotes

James Roper: [standing at podium] You want this?
[grabs title belt and places it on top of podium]
Marvin Shabazz: Yeah.
James Roper: I'll spank you with it!
[slams belt onto podium]
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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 Mike & Mike: Episode dated 12 May 2015 (2015) See more »

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Running Song
Performed by Ambersunshower
Written by A. Smith, A. Cordes, C. McIntosh, J. Eugene, S. Nichol
Produced by PM Dawn with additional production by Thomas "Tikk Takk" Piper
Ambersunshower appears courtesy of Gee Street Records, Inc.
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Very sharp boxing satire!
8 May 2007 | by Sammy_Sam_SamSee 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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