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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Damon Wayans and Jamie Foxx appeared on In Living Color (1990). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Rev. Fred Sultan: Who was the last person to beat the champ?
Sol: His mother!
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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

Spoofs The Great White Hope (1970) See more »

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We Got It
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
Music Group
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Likeable enough comedy slugfest
2 November 1999 | by Leigh L.See all my reviews

Okay, it's not the best film ever made, but it's an affable little number which'll certainly keep you entertained for an hour and a half. The storyline always seems secondary and the satire's never quite as punchy (ahaha... ha) as it should be, but there are some great comedy moments and a host of memorable characters (Damon Wayans' drawling pot-bellied champ, Peter Berg's peabrained challenger, Jeff Goldblum's rambling TV crusader, John Rhys-Davies' sweaty, foul-mouthed trainer) - and Sam Jackson's permanent big grin is all too infectious. Genuinely funny comedies aren't that easy to come by these days, so this one could definitely be a contender, give it a shot at the title, stick it up your ring etc. I'll get me coat.


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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

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,349,481, 5 May 1996

Gross USA:

$8,008,255

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,008,255
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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