The Great White Hype

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Released 1996

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The Great White Hype

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Director:
Reginald Hudlin
Released:
1996
Rating:
R
The Great White Hype is a 1996 film starring Damon Wayans as boxer James "The Grim Reaper" Roper. Roper is the undefeated boxing champion of the world and is being promoted by the Rev. Fred Sultan (Samuel L. Jackson). Sultan tells Roper that while he was impressed with his win, the fight itself was a failure in the financial sense. He believes that the public is tired of seeing black fighters in every match and proposes a white fighter be the next to challenge Roper. Sultan is at first unable to find a suitable white opponent for Roper until he discovers that Roper lost to a white fighter named Terry Conklin (Peter Berg) when he was still an amateur boxer. With the help of his entourage (including Cheech Marin, Jon Lovitz, Salli Richardson, and Corbin Bernsen), Sultan finds Conklin in Cleveland, Ohio as the singer of a heavy metal band. Conklin is at first not willing to fight as he is now a promoter of peace and Buddhism. Sultan, however, offers Conklin ten million dollars and he accepts. As Conklin is training for his comeback, the boxing media see through the scam. Though the public is as interested in the fight as Sultan predicted. Roper is not taking the fight seriously at all and gains a good deal of weight. Mitchell Kane (Jeff Goldblum) is a reporter who is finally going to expose Sultan as a corrupt promoter. Kane eventually believes that Conklin can win and begins to promote him. When the fight finally happens, the buy rate is enormous. Conklin, however, is swiftly defeated by Roper and Sultan moves on to promoting the next fight.moreless
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    Comedy, Sports

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    Boxing, Satire