The Great White Hope (1970)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Romance, Sport


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A black champion boxer and his white female companion struggle to survive while the white boxing establishment looks for ways to knock him down.


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  • James Earl Jones in The Great White Hope (1970)
  • James Earl Jones in The Great White Hope (1970)
  • James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander in The Great White Hope (1970)
  • James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander in The Great White Hope (1970)

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28 February 2008 | Michael_Elliott
Good Drama
Great White Hope, The (1970)

*** (out of 4)

James Earl Jones plays Jack Jefferson, a black boxer who must battle himself and white racists trying to keep him down. I've been meaning to check this film out for a while now but just now got to it and I think it's somewhat overrated but it's still an entertaining film. Perhaps due to the time it was released, the film beats the viewer over the head with the rebellious Jefferson and most of this comes from his relationship with a white woman (Jane Alexander). I'm going to guess this was an early film in showing a relationship between a black man and white woman but it seems like director Martin Ritt goes to the extremes in trying to say that there's nothing wrong in what's going on. After a while we certainly get the point and after a while it gets tiresome hearing more political talk. Jones is brilliant as the troubled boxer and the supporting cast is also very strong. I've become a big fan of Chester Morris throughout the year and it was great seeing him here in his final role. Hal Holbrook is also here and entertaining.

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