The Great White Hype
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"Rocky", "Raging Bull", "Million Dollar Baby", "Cinderella Man", "The Fighter" and "Southpaw" are some of the most popular boxing films of all time. "Punch-Out" is a classic video game. All these stories have one thing in common - They all feature a white person as the star, even though in real life the majority of famous boxers are African-American, yet there are no ultra-mainstream-loved movies or video games about black fighters or any other black athlete.
That is why "The Great White Hype" is the most realistic boxing film ever made.
After running into some money problems, sports organizer Fred Sultan believes people are tired of watching black boxers compete with other black boxers. Sultan thinks the ideal option to pick in order to restore society's attraction to professional boxing is to produce a white opponent for the African-American undisputed, undefeated heavyweight champion, James "The Grim Reaper" Roper.
Sultan bases his viewpoint on the fact that in 1982 a black boxer named Larry Holmes faced a white boxer named Gerry Cooney in a bout that generated millions of dollars and that was because race played a key factor.
Since there are no popular white sportsmen, Sultan thinks white people are desperate for a famous white athlete and that with the right press coverage, he can make a white hero.
A little later, Sultan and his staff review various matches on video tapes of different white boxers for consideration.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Hilarious silly humor. Does a great job of making fun of the boxing industry from the 90s and early 2000sPublished 5 months ago by vc
Great fun & well acted & directed & as I said before great fun - purchased it to view freely again & over again!Published 6 months ago by Chelli Browne
my favorite samuel l jackson film. pure comedy and nonstop laughter from start to end.Published 12 months ago by Keon Shere' McIntosh
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