Great White Hype

Great White Hype

Director: Reggie Hudlin Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Peter Berg


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/1998
UPC: 0086162899430
Original Release: 1996
Source: 20th Century Fox

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
Jarrett Lennon Jarrett Kane
John Rhys-Davies Johnny Windsor
Jamie Foxx Hassan El Ruk'n
Rocky Carroll Artemus St. John Saint
Albert Hall Roper's Manager
Susan Gibney Vivian
Duane Davis Palace Guard #1
Lamont Johnson Palace Guard #2
Sam Whipple Artie
Lydell M. Cheshier Palace Guard #3
Stu Nahan Fight Announcer #1
Renee Griffin Angel
Bert Randolph Sugar Himself
Walter Addison Michael Katz
Michael Fairman Chairman Jerry Schwartz
Brad Blaisdell Press Corps #1
James Hardie Press Corps #2
Nedra Volz Old Lady
Rick Scarry White Middle American
Alyson Croft Pretty Young Woman #2
Richard Steele Referee
Brian Setzer Himself
Deezer D Roper's Crony #2
Art Evans Minister
Salli Richardson Bambi
Michael Jace Marvin Shabazz
Ferdie Pacheco fight announcer
Al Rodrigo 1st press member
Phil Buckman Lee the Drummer
Renee Ammann Angel
Jonathan P. Hicks Sports Writer
Craig Modderno Sports Writer
Tim Kawakami Himself
Elizabeth LaRou Pretty Young Woman
Cristal L. House Pretty Young Woman
Anthony Johnson Sultan's Valet
Method Man Himself
Irv L. Dotten Roper's Crony
Reno Wilson Roper's Crony
Randy Harris 4th Palace Guard
G. John Slagle Kane's Cameraman
Leon Frederick Roper's Cornerman
James H. Hays Roper's Cornerman

Technical Credits
Reginald 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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The Great White Hype 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.