The Great White Hype

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Overview

Boxing is more than just a sport -- it's also a business and a con game in this satirical comedy. Rev. Fred Sultan Samuel L. Jackson is a shrewd boxing promoter and manager whose meal ticket is heavyweight champion James "The Grim Reaper" Roper Damon Wayans, a fighter whose skill and confidence significantly outstrips his intelligence. While the top-ranked contender for Roper's title is Marvin Shabazz Michael Jace, Sultan isn't too keen on the idea of Shabazz fighting Roper -- it seems that both fighters are ...
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Overview

Boxing is more than just a sport -- it's also a business and a con game in this satirical comedy. Rev. Fred Sultan Samuel L. Jackson is a shrewd boxing promoter and manager whose meal ticket is heavyweight champion James "The Grim Reaper" Roper Damon Wayans, a fighter whose skill and confidence significantly outstrips his intelligence. While the top-ranked contender for Roper's title is Marvin Shabazz Michael Jace, Sultan isn't too keen on the idea of Shabazz fighting Roper -- it seems that both fighters are black, and Sultan's figures show that mixed race matches stir up a lot more media attention and pay-per-view customers. Eager to find a white challenger for Roper, Sultan digs up Terry Conklin Peter Berg, who won a Golden Gloves fight against Roper many years ago but is now out of the game and fronting a rock band called Massive Head Wound. Thanks to a few bribes and a couple of fixed fights, Sultan is able to arrange for Conklin to be next in line to battle "The Grim Reaper." However, Conklin is taking his renewed career as a boxer quite seriously, while Roper, convinced that Conklin doesn't stand a chance, has let himself go and gained a lot of weight. Suddenly Sultan realizes that Roper might just lose the piece-of-cake fight he's so carefully arranged, while journalist Mitchell Kane Jeff Goldblum smells a rat in Conklin's sudden rise to ranking status. Jon Lovitz, Cheech Marin, and Corbin Bernsen highlight the supporting cast, while members of the well-regarded alternative rock band Local H appear as Massive Head Wound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2012
  • UPC: 013132439495
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Color / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 29,200

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Samuel L. Jackson Rev. Fred Sultan
Jeff Goldblum Mitchell Kane
Peter Berg Terry Conklin
Damon Wayans James 'The Grim Reaper' Roper
Jon Lovitz Sol
Corbin Bernsen Peter Prince
Cheech Marin Julio Escobar
Walter Addison Michael Katz
Renee Ammann Angel
Brad Blaisdell Press Corps #1
Phil Buckman Lee the Drummer
Rocky Carroll Artemus St. John Saint
Lydell M. Cheshier Palace Guard #3
Alyson Croft Pretty Young Woman #2
Deezer D Roper's Crony #2
Duane Davis Palace Guard #1
Irv L. Dotten Roper's Crony
Art Evans Minister
Michael Fairman Chairman Jerry Schwartz
Jamie Foxx Hassan El Ruk'n
Leon Frederick Roper's Cornerman
Susan Gibney Vivian
Renee Griffin Angel
Albert Hall Roper's Manager
James Hardie Press Corps #2
Randy Harris 4th Palace Guard
James H. Hays Roper's Cornerman
Jonathan P. Hicks Sports Writer
Cristal L. House Pretty Young Woman
Michael Jace Marvin Shabazz
Anthony Johnson Sultan's Valet
Lamont Johnson Palace Guard #2
Tim Kawakami Himself
Elizabeth LaRou Pretty Young Woman
Jarrett Lennon Jarrett Kane
Method Man Himself
Craig Modderno Sports Writer
Stu Nahan Fight Announcer #1
Ferdie Pacheco fight announcer
John Rhys-Davies Johnny Windsor
Salli Richardson Bambi
Al Rodrigo 1st press member
Rick Scarry White Middle American
Brian Setzer Himself
G. John Slagle Kane's Cameraman
Richard Steele Referee
Bert Randolph Sugar Himself
Nedra Volz Old Lady
Sam Whipple Artie
Reno Wilson Roper's Crony
Technical Credits
Reggie Hudlin Director
Barry Berg Co-producer
Berry Berg Co-producer
Fred Berner Producer
Ruth E. Carter Costumes/Costume Designer
Doug Coleman Stunts
David Chornow Sound/Sound Designer
Joshua Donen Producer
Lanier Edwards Stunts
Ronald V. Garcia Cinematographer
Tony Hendra Screenwriter
Eileen Mack Knight Casting
Neil Leifer Co-producer
Mary McIntosh Set Decoration/Design
Marcus Miller Score Composer, Songwriter
Scott Ritenour Art Director
Charles Rosen Production Designer
Ron Shelton Screenwriter
Barry K. Thomas Asst. Director
Mike Thompson Special Effects
Jim Turner Stunts
Earl Watson Editor
Gary Wayton Stunts
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Great White Hype
1. Chapter 1 [9:55]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [9:34]
4. Chapter 4 [10:35]
5. Chapter 5 [8:50]
6. Chapter 6 [10:12]
7. Chapter 7 [9:39]
8. Chapter 8 [10:03]
9. Chapter 9 [8:01]
10. Chapter 10 [3:42]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Sultanic Era of Boxing

    Say what you will about Mike Myers or the Farrelly brothers, the best comedy of the 90s was the Great White Hype, with an immensely quotable script fleshed out by a stellar cast including Samuel L. Jackson (clearly enjoying the hell out of himself), Peter Berg, Jeff Goldblum, Damon Wayans, Jamie Foxx, John Rhys-Davies, and a half-dozen other familiar faces. The script is by Ron Shelton, the go-to guy for smart sports comedy, having also written Bull Durham and White Men Can't Jump. This film is less bittersweet than those two films, just a straight-forward comedy whose message that boxing is a corrupt circus is already common knowledge to everyone above the age of five. Have some friends over and enjoy this film.

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