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The Great White Hype

Jeff Goldblum , John Rhys-Davies , Reginald Hudlin    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jeff Goldblum, John Rhys-Davies, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Berg, Corbin Bernsen
  • Directors: Reginald Hudlin
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fox
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0057407CU


Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), French ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), German ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: 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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5.0 out of 5 stars great 13 July 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars funny 20 Mar 2013
Old school comedy with solid performances in. Dated look.but thats what you expect if you knew what you were ordering.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Racial Boxing Film. 23 Jan 2001
A great film starring the ever unreplaceable Damon Wayans, Samuel L Jackson and the person with the voice everyone recognises, Jeff Goldblum. The film is about a undefeated pro boxer (Wayans) who is bored of low pay matchs and wants a big one. So Reverend (Jackson) goes and finds the person who beat him as an amatuer (Pete Berg).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film 23 Jun 2011
I used to have this on VHS - recorded from the TV. But I had an earge to watch it so I bought it. Its still a great film and would recommend it to everyone. On the other hand i do tend to like stupid/quirky comedy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very dark comedy for those who enjoy political wit 30 July 2000
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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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic sports comedy 22 Nov 1999
By Robert Hauser - Published on
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best! 20 Sep 2011
By CharmedLife - Published on
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**!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the most underrated sports films ever 28 Mar 2008
By A. Rozsa - Published on
The 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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Odd Movie...Indeed 24 Sep 2007
By H. Detter - Published on
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. Real life boxing (and I should point out that the "real life" designation is used loosely) trumps the previously mentioned press conference knock-out by scores of press conference brawls. Finally, the gun-toting manager in the ring after the fight ends? Real life boxing has some of the wildest scenarios occuring before, during and after a fight has taken place. There are simply too many to mention but there have been brawls where managers use cell phones during attacks on the opposition causing full scale riots (Riddick Bowe vs. Andrew Golota II) and a fighter who lost becoming so enraged that he sucker punches the winner with his gloves off after the verdict has been read, gets arrested in the ring, is convicted and sent to jail(Richard Grant vs. James Butler). I won't even mention "fan man" (Riddick Bowe vs. Evander Holyfield II). As you can see, boxing cartoons itself.

With that being said, the movie is still funny without adding up to much at all.
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