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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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rev. Fred Sultan
... Mitchell Kane
... Terry Conklin
... Peter Prince
... Sol
... Julio Escobar
... Johnny Windsor
... Bambi (as Salli Richardson)
... Hassan El Ruk'n
... Artemus St. John Saint
... Roper's Manager
... Vivian
... Marvin Shabazz
... Palace Guard #1
... Palace Guard #2
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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 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.

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Comedy | Sport

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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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Didzioji baltoji apgaule  »

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$7,874,000
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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 »

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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 »

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James Roper: I'm about to donate some money to the remove my foot from your ass foundation!
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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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Features Dolemite (1975) See more »

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Who's The Champion
Performed by Ghostface Killah featuring RZA
Written by RZA (as Robert Diggs Jr.) and Ghostface Killah (as Dennis Coles)
Produced by RZA
Ghostface Killah appears courtesy of Razor Sharp Records
RZA appears courtesy of Loud Records
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Very sharp boxing satire!
8 May 2007 | by See 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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