The Great White Hope Poster

Release Date: October 11th, 1970

DVD Release Date: January 11th, 2005

PG-13|1 hr 43 min

Plot Summary
Jack Jefferson (James Earl Jones) is the boxing heavyweight champion of early 1910s America. But as a black man, he's not only fighting other boxers, but discrimination and prejudice as well. The boxing fans and press resent the idea of a black champion and are actively searching for a "great white hope" that can defeat him. But it's Jefferson's activities outside the ring, primarily involving the white Eleanor Bachman (Jane Alexander), that may prove to be his downfall.

Cast: James Earl Jones, Jane Alexander, Lou Gilbert, Joel Fluellen, Chester Morris, Robert Webber, Marlene Warfield, R. G. Armstrong

Director: Martin Ritt

Genres: Science fiction, Drama, Romance

Production Co: Lawrence Turman Inc.

Keywords: Intense, Sacrifice, Girlfriend, Prison, Forbidden love, Escape

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Awards

Nominated Actor
Nominated Actress
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama