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The Great White Hope

Year:
Duration:
103 min
Genres:
Drama | Romance | Sport
IMDB rate:
7
Director:
Martin Ritt
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1970-10-16
Filming Locations: London, England, UK
Cast
Actor
Character
James Earl Jones
Jack Jefferson
Lou Gilbert
Goldie
Joel Fluellen
Tick
Chester Morris
Pop Weaver
Robert Webber
Dixon
Marlene Warfield
Clara
R.G. Armstrong
Cap'n Dan
Hal Holbrook
Cameron
Beah Richards
Mama Tiny
Moses Gunn
Scipio
Lloyd Gough
Smitty
George Ebeling
Fred
Larry Pennell
Brady
Roy Glenn
Pastor (as Roy E. Glenn Sr.)
Bill Walker
Deacon
Marcel Dalio
French Promoter
Rodolfo Acosta
El Jefe
Virginia Capers
Sister Pearl
Oscar Beregi Jr.
Ragosy (as Oscar Beregi)
Manuel Padilla Jr.
Paco
Karl-Otto Alberty
Hans (as Karl Otto Alberty)
Jim Beattie
The Kid
Kirk Alyn
Man in German Nightclub (uncredited)
Donald Buka
Reporter (uncredited)
Scatman Crothers
Carnival Barker (uncredited)
Basil Dignam
English Official (uncredited)
Pitt Herbert
Reporter (uncredited)
Tom Lawrence
Policeman (uncredited)
Arthur Malet
Barrister (uncredited)
Hans Meyer
Prussian Officer in beer garden (uncredited)
Frank Noel
Minor Role (uncredited)
Lillian Randolph
Housekeeper (uncredited)
Davis Roberts
Pastor (uncredited)
Scott Lee Scarborough
Globe, Arizona Extra (uncredited)
Chet Stratton
Attorney (uncredited)
Cal Wilson
Chicago Kid (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
Fictionalized version of true events.
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Last screen appearance of Chester Morris.
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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.
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Goofs
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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Quotes
Dixon: Well, when a man beats us out like this, we, of course, look foolish, but more important, so does the law. People lose respect for law, and that we just cannot afford right now. You may not be aware of it yet, but a very large, very black migration is in progress. They're coming from the fields down South, filling up the slums. And I am talking about hundreds of thousands, maybe millions soon. Millions of ignorant Negroes rapidly massing together. Now, we cannot allow the image of this man to go on impressing and exciting these people.
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Jack Jefferson: I'm big, but I ain't dumb, hear?
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Eleanor Backman: You have to stop it, Jack.
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Photos from cast
Jane Alexander Rockne Tarkington