The Great White Hype

1996, Comedy, 1h 30m

24 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Boxing promoter the Rev. Fred Sultan (Samuel L. Jackson) decides the best way to revive public interest in his top client's matches is to create a white challenger to his black champion, James "The Grim Reaper" Roper (Damon Wayans). With no white boxers available, he creates one out of dim grunge rocker Terry Conklin (Peter Berg), who once defeated Roper at an amateur match. But while Conklin trains hard, Roper slacks off, endangering Sultan's carefully staged comeback.

Cast & Crew

Samuel L. Jackson
Rev. Fred Sultan
Jeff Goldblum
Mitchell Kane
Peter Berg
Terry Conklin
Corbin Bernsen
Peter Prince
Cheech Marin
Julio Escobar
John Rhys-Davies
Johnny Windsor
Jamie Foxx
Hassan El Ruk'n
Rocky Carroll
Artemus St. John Saint
Michael Jace
Marvin Shabazz
Damon Wayans
James "The Grim Reaper" Roper
Tony Hendra
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Ron Shelton
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  • Mar 16, 2010
    First off DAMN Salli Richardson looked good. Kind of reminded me of a young Pam Grier. Typical comedy sports movie. Heavy in the racial tones making that about so much. Funny the amount of stars in this thing. I don't get how they ended it like they did when it felt more like the middle of a movie. Complete crap ending. I guess maybe it was interesting in its day but I was failed to be impressed.
    Aurelius D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2007
    A fun dark comedy from HBO films.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2007
    It has some nice moments.
    Morris N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 03, 2006
    This is a funny comedy starring Samuel L. Jackson. The movie is basically about how this boxing promoter wants the only man who beat the champ fight him again. The movie also has Damon Wayans, Jamie Foxx, Peter Berg and many others. So it has a very good cast. The story pokes fun at the world of boxing and those in it. You can tell Samuel L. Jackson takes many elements of Don King into his character. A funny film that made me laugh a few times. Worth a watch.
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