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The Great White Hype (1996)

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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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Taglines:

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:

Didzioji baltoji apgaule See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,874,000
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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

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

Quotes

James Roper: I'll beat him with my blackness.
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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

Features Dolemite (1975) 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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Smart Satirical Jest !
22 March 2010 | by elshikh4See all my reviews

The situation is perfect. It's one of the movies where there is nothing bad to refer to. It's about only one match and how it exposes the contradictions of this world; which's here the community of boxing. I loved how the whole characters declare something moral while achieving their hidden, damn materialistic, aims. In fact the shown scene is for America when money is god, and 99 % of the Americans are so godly! The casting is the movie's biggest hit; everyone was in the right place. The script is lissome, coming to its point without any elongation. The characters are made in a way suits the desired in this drollery of a movie. It harmonies smartly, carrying out itself as enjoyable, being an enough compensation from director (Reginald Hudlin) for his previous, real bad, movie (Boomerang – 1992). It was so good to an extent forces you to ask why it was that short? Why the gifted supporting actors (Jon Lovitz, Cheech Marin, Jamie Foxx,..) didn't have more on-screen time with more material? Actually, it's not basically a comedy inasmuch as a satire; that could bother some I suppose, since the funniness wasn't as high as the sarcastic criticism, with comic actors around while not making many laughs. However, it said all what Oliver Stone's surely heavier, louder and longer movie (Any Given Sunday) stretched and overload 3 years later, and in focused nice way as well. (The Great White Hype) is a jest where the substance is itself the surface totally unlike the world it sneered at. It's only imperfect point is that some jests can't be used more than once. So, despite how I liked it, I may find nothing in it to be re-watched again (except for Damon Wayans running after the ice cream's van of course !). Finally, do I smell a point of view in the title about how the great hype is "white" in the first place ?!


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