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The Great White Hope - 1970

  • Brands Martin Ritt
  • Product Code: NA-2018-DRA-LT
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Boxer Jack Jefferson (James Earl Jones) is the world's reigning heavyweight boxing champion. There's just one problem: he is also the first Black heavyweight champion, which bothers a lot of people. Jack's celebration is cut short when he is framed for crossing a state line with Eleanor, his white fiancée (Jane Alexander in her first film role), a violation of the Mann Act. Facing a prison sentence, Jack escapes to Europe with Eleanor in tow, encountering problems in England, and then France, and eventually landing in Cuba. In Havana, Jack agrees to enter the boxing ring for what might be the bout of his life. Both Jones and Alexander were nominated for Oscars.

Technical Sheet
Title in Brazil A Grande Esperança Branca
Original Title The Great White Hope
Release year 1970
Language English
Subtitle English, Portuguese, Bosnian, Croatian, Turkish
Colors Colorful
Gender Drama, Romance, Sport, Biographical
Duration 101 Min.
Direction Martin Ritt
Countries of origin United States
Cast James Earl Jones, Jane Alexander, Lou Gilbert, Joel Fluellen, Chester Morris, Robert Webber
Did you know?
Curiosities Redd Foxx, who knew former heavyweight champ Jack Johnson, whose career and struggle against racism inspired the original play, turned down a role in the film as he believed it was not a true picture of his old friend.
Bloopers In the first scene in which we see Jefferson practicing, the sweat on his shirt changes from shot to shot in a way that wouldn't be predicted by evaporation.

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