The Great White Hype

Tucson Weekly

DIRECTED BY: Reginald Hudlin

REVIEWED: 05-09-96

A movie that borrows half it's stylistic impulse from Blaxploitation flicks, half from spaghetti westerns--it will leave you nostalgic for both and unsatisfied with the combo. Samuel Jackson plays an unscrupulous boxing promoter who pits a white underdog against the black heavyweight champ in order to stir up a racist frenzy of promotion. That's the whole plot--the rest is padding, and there's plenty of it. It's mildly funny, slightly thoughtful, sort of interesting, and wholly mediocre. Jackson does get to wear some super-cool costumes though.

--Stacey Richter

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