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The Great White Hope (1970)

Directed by Martin Ritt. Cast: James Earl Jones, JaneAlexander, Lou Gilbert, Joel Fluellen, Chester Morris. Based on thelife of African American boxer Jack Johnson, this fictional accountof his rise to fame chronicles the battles that the flamboyantchampion fought in and out of the ring. Refusing to live within theboundaries deemed acceptable by society, this renowned hero and thewoman he loved chose to live their lives the way they wanted--something which evoked great fury from a narrow-minded world. 102min.
Credits andother information from the Internet Movie Database

Reviews and articles:
Burns, James; Bartley, Abel "The Great WhiteHope: A Forgotten Biopic?" a/b: Auto/BiographyStudies, Volume 26, Number 1, Summer 2011, pp. 53-67 Full-textof this article / review is available: UC users only
Goldfarb, Lyn; Ilyashov, Anatoli. "Working ClassHero: An Interview with Martin Ritt." Cineaste, vol.18, no. 4, pp. 20-23, 1991
Miller, Gabriel. The films of Martin Ritt :fanfare for the common man Jackson : University Pressof Mississippi, c2000. (MAIN: PN1998.3.R578 M55 2000)
Naylor, Nicholas. "Muhammad Ali, Jack Johnson,and the 'Problem' of Interracial Relationships: A Re-Viewof Martin Ritt's The Great White Hope (1970)." Scope: AnOnline Journal of Film Studies, pp. (no pagination),Nov 2003 Full-textof this article / review is available: UC users only
Ritt, Martin. Martin Ritt : interviewsJackson : University Press of Mississippi, c2002. [MAIN:PN1998.3.R578 A5 2002]
Whitaker, Sheila. The films of MartinRitt. [London], British Film Institute, 1972. (NRLF (UCB) PN1998.A3 R5371)