The Great White Hope Movie Review 1970

Information and Film Reviews for The Great White Hope the Movie

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A semi-fictionalized biography of boxer Jack Johnson, played by Jones, who became the first black heavyweight world champion in 1910. Alexander makes her film debut as the boxer's white lover, as both battle the racism of the times. Two Oscar-nominated performances in what is essentially an "opened-out" version of the Broadway play.


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Available on VHS
Running time 103 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Boxing, Adapted from a Play, Biopics: Sports, African America
James Earl Jones, Jane Alexander, Lou Gilbert, Joel Fluellen, Chester Morris, Robert Webber, Hal Holbrook, R.G. Armstrong, Moses Gunn, Scatman Crothers
Burnett Guffey
Martin Ritt
20th Century-Fox

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