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The Great White Hope

The Great White Hope is a 1970 film which tells the fictionalized life story of boxing champion Jack Johnson (here called Jack Jefferson). It stars James Earl Jones, Jane Alexander, Chester Morris , Hal Holbrook, Beah Richards and Moses Gunn.

The movie was adapted by Howard Sackler from his play. It was directed by Martin Ritt.

It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (James Earl Jones) and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Jane Alexander).