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The Great White Hype (1996)

R
91 min | Comedy, Sport

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 ...See moreWhen 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 See less
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Writers
Tony Hendra (screenplay) | Ron Shelton (screenplay)
Cinematographer
Ronald Víctor García (as Ron Garcia)
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$ 7,874,000
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Release date
May 3, 1996 (United States)

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55 cast members
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Samuel L. Jackson
Rev. Fred Sultan Rev. Fred Sultan   See fewer
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Jeff Goldblum
Mitchell Kane Mitchell Kane   See fewer
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Peter Berg
Terry Conklin Terry Conklin   See fewer
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Corbin Bernsen
Peter Prince Peter Prince   See fewer
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Cheech Marin
Julio Escobar Julio Escobar   See fewer
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John Rhys-Davies
Johnny Windsor Johnny Windsor   See fewer
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Salli Richardson-Whitfield
Bambi (as Salli Richardson) Bambi (as Salli Richardson)   See fewer
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Jamie Foxx
Hassan El Ruk'n Hassan El Ruk'n   See fewer
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Rocky Carroll
Artemus St. John Saint Artemus St. John Saint   See fewer
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Albert Hall
Roper's Manager Roper's Manager   See fewer
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Susan Gibney
Vivian Vivian   See fewer
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Michael Jace
Marvin Shabazz Marvin Shabazz   See fewer
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Duane Davis
Palace Guard #1 Palace Guard #1   See fewer
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Lamont Johnson
Palace Guard #2 Palace Guard #2   See fewer
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Damon Wayans
James 'The Grim Reaper' Roper James 'The Grim Reaper' Roper   See fewer
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Lydell M. Cheshier
Palace Guard #3 Palace Guard #3   See fewer
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Stu Nahan
Fight Announcer #1 Fight Announcer #1   See fewer
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Ferdie Pacheco
Fight Announcer #2 Fight Announcer #2   See fewer
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Al Rodrigo
Press Member #1 Press Member #1   See fewer
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Phil Buckman
Lee the Drummer Lee the Drummer   See fewer
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Renee Allman
Angel (as Renee Ammann) Angel (as Renee Ammann)   See fewer
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Walter Addison
Michael Katz Michael Katz   See fewer
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Jonathan P. Hicks
Sports Writer Sports Writer   See fewer
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Craig Modderno
Sports Writer Sports Writer   See fewer
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Tim Kawakami
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Michael Fairman
Chairman Jerry Schwartz Chairman Jerry Schwartz   See fewer
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Brad Blaisdell
Press Corps #1 Press Corps #1   See fewer
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James Hardie
Press Corps #2 Press Corps #2   See fewer
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Nedra Volz
Old Lady Old Lady   See fewer
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Rick Scarry
White Middle American White Middle American   See fewer
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Elizabeth LaRou
Pretty Young Woman #1 Pretty Young Woman #1   See fewer
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Alyson Croft
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Christy House
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Richard Steele
Referee Referee   See fewer
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Anthony Johnson
Sultan's Valet (as Anthony 'A.J.' Johnson) Sultan's Valet (as Anthony 'A.J.' Johnson)   See fewer
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Brian Setzer
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Himself Himself   See fewer
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Irv Dotten
Roper's Crony #1 Roper's Crony #1   See fewer
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Deezer D
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Reno Wilson
Roper's Crony #3 Roper's Crony #3   See fewer
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Art Evans
Minister Minister   See fewer
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Randy Harris
Palace Guard #4 Palace Guard #4   See fewer
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G. John Slagle
Kane's Cameraman Kane's Cameraman   See fewer
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Leon Frederick
Roper Cornerman #1 Roper Cornerman #1   See fewer
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James H. Hays
Roper Cornerman #2 Roper Cornerman #2   See fewer
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Greg Bronson
Photographer (uncredited) Photographer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Andrea Carlson
Ring Girl (uncredited) Ring Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kevin Grevioux
Security Guard (uncredited) Security Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Taylor Humphries
Sparring Partner (uncredited) Sparring Partner (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jarrett Lennon
Jarrett Kane (uncredited) Jarrett Kane (uncredited)   See fewer
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Andrea Nittoli
Sultan Babe (uncredited) Sultan Babe (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.4 / 10 | 7,846 votes