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The Great White Hype

  • Comedy
  • Sport
  • 1996
  • Reginald Hudlin
  • 86 mins
  • 15

Summary

Boxing comedy starring Samuel L Jackson and Jeff Goldblum. Scheming boxing promoter Fred Sultan isn't making enough money out of black heavyweight boxing champion James Roper, so he sets up one-time amateur fighter-turned punk rocker Terry Conklin against him as a "Great White Hope", and waits for the money to roll in.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

This boxing comedy - a brave attempt at satirising the unsatirisable - boasts a heavy-hitting cast that includes boisterous Damon Wayans, sinister Samuel L Jackson and a typically oddball Jeff Goldblum. Wayans is James "the Grim Reaper" Roper, the black heavyweight champion of the world, who has beaten all there is to beat and is seeking new opponents. Step forward fair-skinned rocker Terry Conklin, who once beat Roper as an amateur, but has since given up the fight game. Jackson persuades him to go back into training again. There are some sharp observations among the many slapstick moments.

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Credits

Cast

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Reverend Fred SultanSamuel L Jackson
Mitchell KaneJeff Goldblum
Terry ConklinPeter Berg
SolJon Lovitz
James "the Grim Reaper" RoperDamon Wayans
Peter PrinceCorbin Bernsen
Julio EscobarRichard "Cheech" Marin
Johnny WindsorJohn Rhys-Davies
BambiSalli Richardson
Hassan El Ruk'nJamie Foxx

Crew

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DirectorReginald Hudlin

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Released on
1996-09-20
Languages
English
Guidance
Edited for some of its violence, and contains swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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