Release Date: October 11th, 1970
DVD Release Date: January 11th, 2005
PG-13|1 hr 43 min
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.
Director: Martin Ritt
Production Co: Lawrence Turman Inc.