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The Great White Hype (1996)

Samuel L. Jackson , Jeff Goldblum , Reginald Hudlin  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Damon Wayans, Peter Berg, Corbin Bernsen
  • Directors: Reginald Hudlin
  • Writers: Ron Shelton, Tony Hendra
  • Producers: Barry M. Berg, Fred Berner, Joshua Donen, Neil Leifer
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00020HB0U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,018 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Great White Hype" on IMDb

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He's the flashiest, wildest, richest, most outspoken promoter the boxing world has ever known. He's the Reverend Fred Sultan, and when the sport's popularity wanes, he comes up with a heavyweight plan to turn things around.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
I was one of the 3 or so people who actually saw this film in the theatre and I enjoy it more every time I see it. It's an excellent, funny, satirical look into the world of professional boxing where athletes, who risk their physical health and financial future, are treated like commodities for the gain of promoters, who risk nothing and always get the big payoff. The flamboyant promoter (Samuel L. Jackson) deftly uses white America's obsession/anger with African-American dominance in sports to produce a payday as the media plays a willing pawn in the game. All of the performances in this movie are excellent but Peter Berg deserves a special mention.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic sports comedy November 22, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I can't understand Leonard Maltin's lack of enthusiasm for this movie, which features what may be the best work yet from Samuel Jackson and Jeff Goldblum. The writers, obviously inspired by the Tyson-McNeeley fight, offer us the anti-Rocky, the story of a nobody pitted against the world boxing champion, and the crafty promoter who tries to con the public into believing the outcome is in doubt and buying tickets to see them fight. This film did badly at the box office and caught me a little off guard the first time I saw it because it is so completely cynical, every character is a fraud. But once you realize there are no heroes in this story and accept that it is hilarious. Every time I see it the film gets funnier. The writers might want to do a sequel about women boxers. As women's boxing websites and newspaper coverage make clear, in women's boxing horrible mismatches in which an unprepared gal is fed to an experienced pro in the ring just to fill a fight card are commonplace and a continuing scandal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best! September 19, 2011
Format:DVD
Ha, ha, thinking about some of the scenes and characters in this movie always makes me laugh. I've seen it at least a dozen times and this past time I must have cried laughing. It keeps getting funnier. I read a whole lot of people trying to make sense of the movie and the point is, it's useless to try to make sense of something that's loosely based on some famous and other generalized personalities in the field of entertainment. It pokes fun at how easily we buy into a notion based on race or fame or for no better reason than it's popular. The entire movie makes sense, it flows and almost EVERY scene has something that I just have to see. After watching it again, I think the only character who tried to be sincere was Conklin and he wasn't very bright. However, even with the all-star cast (for the most part) it amazes me that I can show the movie to friends and family and some just don't get it. I get it and it's funny as he**!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the most underrated sports films ever March 28, 2008
Format:DVD
The amazon.com review for this film includes the line "While sharp and funny, it's never quite clear what the point of it all is." If this is all a GREAT WHITE HYPE viewer gets out of this movie, i'm afraid he/she just wasn't paying attention. While providing a nice satirical look at egomaniacal athletes and hustling boxing promoters (Sam Jackson is as brilliantly watchable as always here) throughout, the movie is all about how hype can make a non-event an event and the film's last ten minutes is the key. What, you were expecting a ROCKY denouement? In the end, this movie shows how sports fans -- and the entertainment-junkie public in general -- can be manipulated by loudness and money. Combined with Shelton's ever-sharp and fearless takes on America's racial tension (also see the brilliant WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP), THE GREAT WHITE HYPE is well worth a watch. And a think thereafter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Odd Movie...Indeed September 24, 2007
Format:DVD
This is an odd movie. One of the qualities it shares with other motion pictures is that its parts don't add up to a great whole. However, what I find odd is that the parts are without question hilarious. There are many scenes in this film that simply do not support any other part of the movie. None the less, they had me laughing so hard that my ribs were hurting.

The movie tries to parody the sport of boxing and in particular the careers of ex-heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and boxing promoter Don King. The mockery of the two aforementioned larger than life personalities is readily apparent so it doesn't require much explanation if any. Earlier I used the word "tries" in its attempt to lampoon boxing. It's ironic that the sport of boxing as it stands is so cartoonish, attempts to "send-up" the game pretty much fail. If you're a fan of boxing and you watch this movie, you'll know exactly what I mean. A few examples of failed ribbing include the governing body in the movie (the WBI) giving a fighter with NO PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE a number one ranking so that a title fight can be sanctioned, the worthy challenger being ducked in this movie (Marvin Shabazz) coming to a press conference and getting knocked out by the fighter with no experience and last but not least, a gun-toting manager in the ring after a prize fight has concluded. Every follower of the sport knows that these events are mild compared to what actually happens in the real life sport. Cases in point, real life boxing one ups the number one ranked fighter with no professional experience in that there's a well known case of a dead boxer consistently moving up the ranks for 2 years after his death.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great White Hype
The guy who challenges the champ is none other than now-director Peter Berg, who helmed the current smash "Long Survivor."
Published 6 months ago by Bruce Trampler
5.0 out of 5 stars It ain't Hope it's Hype!
Blazing saddles of boxing movies. A raunchy, wrong, comedy done right. With a full loaded, 90's cast of comedics. *
Published 7 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars My Package.
I chose this rating cause the package came in the time frame that was given to me. The package was brand new and for a good price. I would shop with this company again.
Published 16 months ago by Thomasb98
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
This is a great movie it was something my son wanted for his birthday and he has really enjoyed it
Published on June 26, 2012 by boopluver
5.0 out of 5 stars Good job.
My experience was great. Easy order and quick delivery. One less thing to think about over the holidays. I will order again in the future no doubt. The movie was good too!
Published on January 10, 2011 by Maureen in Phoenix
5.0 out of 5 stars Great White Hype
Quick service, great product, exceptional price. I have and will order from this service again!
Published on June 17, 2010 by Teresa J. Ortiz
4.0 out of 5 stars The Great White Hype
When the champ's promoter, Rev. 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. Read more
Published on January 14, 2010 by TREND700
2.0 out of 5 stars The Bland White Hype
"The Great White Hype" is a satire all about boxing, with Samuel L. Jackson as the flamboyant,devious promoter. All cares about his $$$$,no matter how he gets it. Read more
Published on February 8, 2008 by Amaranth
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for everybody
I've noticed that the only people who love this movie as much as I do are boxing fans. If you're a boxing fan then you're going to get all the little inside jokes about the sport... Read more
Published on December 3, 2006 by D. GERALD
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally...
Okay the DVD itself isn't so great with only minimal features but why I give this 4 stars is because I waited FOREVER for this thing to finally be released. Read more
Published on June 6, 2004
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