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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.

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Comedy | Sport

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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:

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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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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 »

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

Quotes

Interviewer: But wasn't that you on the cover of Playboy magazine?
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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 »

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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 12 May 2015 (2015) See more »

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Performed by Premier
Written and Arranged by Thomas McElroy & Denzil Foster
Produced by Denzil Foster & Thomas McElroy for 2 Tuff-E-Nuff
Productions, Inc.
Premier appears courtesy of Alien Records and Y? Entertainment
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A mediocre comedy which misses the satire mark.
7 December 2001 | by =G=See all my reviews

"The Great White Hype" is a wacky, raucous, and mediocre comedy which pokes fun at what is doubtless pound-for-pound America's most corrupt sport. The film shows the connection between hype and the Pay Per View take in a major boxing event. However, it fails to carve out the players' real personas with sufficient clarity to make the film good satire and deliver a KO blow to the sports bad guys while giving the good guys a spot. A lukewarm watch for the public at large, "...Hype" will be most enjoyed by boxing fans.


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