- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 31 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 2, 2012
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Starz / Anchor Bay
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"You're my brother!"
- promoter Reverend Fred Sultan (SAMUEL L. JACKSON), to his boxer, James Roper (DAMON WAYANS), in an effort to play down the fact that he owes Roper money.
"The truth needs to be shaped, molded and framed!"
- Reverend Fred Sultan (SAMUEL L. JACKSON).
"I love you." -- Reverend Fred Sultan (SAMUEL L. JACKSON), to James Roper (DAMON WAYANS)
"That's the third I love you. Am I getting jerked again'"
- James Roper, in response.
Rolling Stone - 05/30/1996
"There are plenty of profane laughs in this cartoonish spoof of the fight game..."
Sight and Sound - 11/01/1996
"...An often-sharp satire told from the inside..."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/24/1996
"Fast, furious and pummelingly funny....[Hudlin] swirls the movie's pace into a froth of taunts, jabs, and satire." -- Rating: B+
Variety - 05/06/1996
"...Appealing performances....[Jackson] exudes a droll and charismatic joviality..."
New York Times - 05/03/1996
"...A happily outrageous satire....Its high spirits sustain a spiky comic style....[Mr. Jackson] makes a delightfully sly presence..."
The transparently unscrupulous world of boxing is thoroughly skewered in this satirical tale of an all-powerful black boxing promoter who's searching for the ultimate box-office draw: a white contender for the championship. Frighteningly--and hilariously--accurate.
The Reverend Fred Sultan, an ebullient, underhanded boxing promoter, is upset that his Black champ, James Roper, is not exactly raking in the dough. Sultan thinks that the solution is to have Roper fight a White boxer -- who will bring in White fans. But there are no Caucasian contenders, leaving him to recruit Irish Terry Conklin, a one-time boxer who defeated Roper when they were amateurs.
The stage is set for a lucrative prize fight, but there are two obstacles in Sultan's way: one is Marvin Shabazz, a top Black contender, who is furious at not getting his shot. The other is Mitchell Kane, an investigative reporter who's on to Sultan's scheme, and could very easily expose it.
- An Atman Entertainment/Fred Berner Films Production.
- Released theatrically in the USA May 3, 1996.
- Color by DeLuxe.
- Additional cast: Michael Jace (Marvin Shabazz).
- Additional credits: Rich Thorne (visual effects supervisor), Rodney Montague (visual effects producer).
- Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.
- Svelte Damon Wayans was fitted with a prosthetic stomach to give him the appearance of weighing 20 pounds more.