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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film was made during a long era when black fighters, almost all of them American, dominated heavyweight boxing and legends like Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield were all on the scene. Various characters mock the idea of a Caucasian heavyweight boxing champ as unthinkable. (At the time the film was made, the last time a Caucasian boxer had been truly recognized as ''the'' heavyweight champion was Ingemar Johansson, who scored a major upset victory over Floyd Patterson in 1959, and promptly lost the title back to Patterson when the two men had a rematch. The last white heavyweight champion most of the audience would know, Rocky Marciano, had retired in the mid-1950s, 40 years before this movie was released. You could debate whether to call Tommy Morrison ''a'' world champion in 1993, when he held one of the various titles for a few months, although most boxing fans would not agree with you. [[note]]Overly long explanation: Boxing has no central governing body. World championships are created and recognized by private sanctioning bodies, of which there are many in boxing, as basically anybody with the money and interest to put together such a group can create their own championship belt and call someone a champion. Morrison was recognized by the World Boxing Organization, or WBO, which did ''eventually'' earn respect and became considered legitimate in the eyes of fans and the boxing establishment, but when it was first created [about 5 years before Morrison briefly held their heavyweight championship] it was a joke at best. For example, the WBO was created in the late 1980s, when Mike Tyson was at his peak, seemed unbeatable, and had become the recognized champion of every other sanctioning body. The WBO meanwhile chose to recognize Francesco Damiani as Heavyweight Champion. Don't feel bad if you're asking "Who?" as even hardcore boxing fans would struggle to answer that question. Embarrassingly, during its early years the WBO ranked [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darrin_Morris a boxer who had died the previous year]] as one of its top ten contenders in one weight division, and moved him up in the rankings a month later, apparently still unaware that he was dead. Furthermore the organization was so dominated by British boxing promoter Frank Warren that boxing fans joked that WBO really stood for Warren Boxing Organization, as it seemed to exist mainly to give championship belts and exposure to Warren's fighters.[[/note]]) Come the 2000s and into TheNewTens, a number of boxers from the former Soviet Union would become high level contenders or title holders in the heavyweight division, and in particular a pair of Ukrainians, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klitschko_brothers Klitschko brothers]], would dominate the division from Lennox Lewis's retirement in 2004 until an over-the-hill Wladimir's defeat by Tyson Fury (himself a white boxer from England) in 2015. Someone saying that a Caucasian champion is impossible would seem like the outlier today, rather than the other way around.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film was made during a long era when black fighters, almost all of them American, dominated heavyweight boxing and legends like Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield were all on the scene. Various characters mock the idea of a Caucasian heavyweight boxing champ as unthinkable. (At the time the film was made, the last time a Caucasian boxer had been truly recognized as ''the'' heavyweight champion was Ingemar Johansson, who scored a major upset victory over Floyd Patterson in 1959, and promptly lost the title back to Patterson when the two men had a rematch. The last white heavyweight champion most of the audience would know, Rocky Marciano, had retired in the mid-1950s, 40 years before this movie was released. You could debate whether to call Tommy Morrison ''a'' world champion in 1993, when he held one of the various titles for a few months, although most boxing fans would not agree with you. [[note]]Overly long explanation: Boxing has no central governing body. World championships are created and recognized by private sanctioning bodies, of which there are many in boxing, as basically anybody with the money and interest to put together such a group can create their own championship belt and call someone a champion. Morrison was recognized by the World Boxing Organization, or WBO, which did ''eventually'' earn respect and became considered legitimate in the eyes of fans and the boxing establishment, but when it was first created [about 5 years before Morrison briefly held their heavyweight championship] it was a joke at best. For example, the WBO was created in the late 1980s, when Mike Tyson was at his peak, seemed unbeatable, and had become the recognized champion of every other sanctioning body. The WBO meanwhile chose to recognize Olympic silver medalist Francesco Damiani as Heavyweight Champion. Don't feel bad if you're asking "Who?" you've never heard of Damiani, as even truly hardcore boxing fans would struggle to answer mostly know him just for that question.piece of trivia. Embarrassingly, during its early years the WBO ranked [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darrin_Morris a boxer who had died the previous year]] as one of its top ten contenders in one weight division, and moved him up in the rankings a month later, apparently still unaware that he was dead. Furthermore the organization was so dominated by British boxing promoter Frank Warren that boxing fans joked that WBO really stood for Warren Boxing Organization, as it seemed to exist mainly to give championship belts and exposure to Warren's fighters.[[/note]]) Come the 2000s and into TheNewTens, a number of boxers from the former Soviet Union would become high level contenders or title holders in the heavyweight division, and in particular a pair of Ukrainians, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klitschko_brothers Klitschko brothers]], would dominate the division from Lennox Lewis's retirement in 2004 until an over-the-hill Wladimir's defeat by Tyson Fury (himself a white boxer from England) in 2015. Someone saying that a Caucasian champion is impossible would seem like the outlier today, rather than the other way around.

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* CreatorBacklash: Co-writer Ron Shelton disowned the movie after his original, more serious script was rewritten into a comedy.


* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film was made during a long era when black fighters, almost all of them American, dominated heavyweight boxing and legends like Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield were all on the scene. Various characters mock the idea of a Caucasian heavyweight boxing champ as unthinkable. (At the time the film was made, the last time a Caucasian boxer had been truly recognized as ''the'' heavyweight champion was Ingemar Johansson, who scored a major upset victory over Floyd Patterson in 1959, and promptly lost the title back to Patterson when the two men had a rematch. The last white heavyweight champion most of the audience would know, Rocky Marciano, had retired in the mid-1950s, 40 years before this movie was released. The latest white heavyweight champion period was Tommy Morrison in 1993, who had a good career but only briefly held one belt and retired early due to contracting HIV.) Come the 2000s and into TheNewTens, a number of boxers from the former Soviet Union would become high level contenders or title holders in the heavyweight division, and in particular a pair of Ukrainians, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klitschko_brothers Klitschko brothers]], would utterly dominate the division from Lennox Lewis's retirement in 2004 to an over-the-hill Wladimir's defeat by Tyson Fury in 2015. The Klitschkos were not alone, as other white Slavic boxers like Nikolai Valuev, Oleg Maskaev, Siarhei Liakhovich, and Sultan Ibragimov also held titles in their era. Speaking of which, Fury himself is currently an undefeated white British heavyweight champion considered among the top three today. With various other Caucasian heavyweight boxers like Ruslan Chagaev, Andy Ruiz, Kubrat Pulev, and Oleksandr Usyk poised to either hold titles or remain top contenders (Usyk having previously dominated the cruiser division), someone saying that a Caucasian champion is impossible would seem like the outlier today, rather than the other way around.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film was made during a long era when black fighters, almost all of them American, dominated heavyweight boxing and legends like Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield were all on the scene. Various characters mock the idea of a Caucasian heavyweight boxing champ as unthinkable. (At the time the film was made, the last time a Caucasian boxer had been truly recognized as ''the'' heavyweight champion was Ingemar Johansson, who scored a major upset victory over Floyd Patterson in 1959, and promptly lost the title back to Patterson when the two men had a rematch. The last white heavyweight champion most of the audience would know, Rocky Marciano, had retired in the mid-1950s, 40 years before this movie was released. The latest white heavyweight champion period was You could debate whether to call Tommy Morrison ''a'' world champion in 1993, who had when he held one of the various titles for a good career few months, although most boxing fans would not agree with you. [[note]]Overly long explanation: Boxing has no central governing body. World championships are created and recognized by private sanctioning bodies, of which there are many in boxing, as basically anybody with the money and interest to put together such a group can create their own championship belt and call someone a champion. Morrison was recognized by the World Boxing Organization, or WBO, which did ''eventually'' earn respect and became considered legitimate in the eyes of fans and the boxing establishment, but only when it was first created [about 5 years before Morrison briefly held one belt and retired early due to contracting HIV.) Come the 2000s and into TheNewTens, a number of boxers from the former Soviet Union would become high level contenders or title holders in the their heavyweight division, championship] it was a joke at best. For example, the WBO was created in the late 1980s, when Mike Tyson was at his peak, seemed unbeatable, and in particular a pair of Ukrainians, had become the recognized champion of every other sanctioning body. The WBO meanwhile chose to recognize Francesco Damiani as Heavyweight Champion. Don't feel bad if you're asking "Who?" as even hardcore boxing fans would struggle to answer that question. Embarrassingly, during its early years the WBO ranked [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darrin_Morris a boxer who had died the previous year]] as one of its top ten contenders in one weight division, and moved him up in the rankings a month later, apparently still unaware that he was dead. Furthermore the organization was so dominated by British boxing promoter Frank Warren that boxing fans joked that WBO really stood for Warren Boxing Organization, as it seemed to exist mainly to give championship belts and exposure to Warren's fighters.[[/note]]) Come the 2000s and into TheNewTens, a number of boxers from the former Soviet Union would become high level contenders or title holders in the heavyweight division, and in particular a pair of Ukrainians, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klitschko_brothers Klitschko brothers]], would utterly dominate the division from Lennox Lewis's retirement in 2004 to until an over-the-hill Wladimir's defeat by Tyson Fury (himself a white boxer from England) in 2015. The Klitschkos were not alone, as other white Slavic boxers like Nikolai Valuev, Oleg Maskaev, Siarhei Liakhovich, and Sultan Ibragimov also held titles in their era. Speaking of which, Fury himself is currently an undefeated white British heavyweight champion considered among the top three today. With various other Caucasian heavyweight boxers like Ruslan Chagaev, Andy Ruiz, Kubrat Pulev, and Oleksandr Usyk poised to either hold titles or remain top contenders (Usyk having previously dominated the cruiser division), someone Someone saying that a Caucasian champion is impossible would seem like the outlier today, rather than the other way around.


* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film was made during a long era when black fighters, almost all of them American, dominated heavyweight boxing and legends like Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield were all on the scene. Various characters mock the idea of a Caucasian heavyweight boxing champ as unthinkable. (At the time the film was made, the last time a Caucasian boxer had been truly recognized as ''the'' heavyweight champion was Ingemar Johansson, who scored a major upset victory over Floyd Patterson in 1959, and promptly lost the title back to Patterson when the two men had a rematch. The last white heavyweight champion most of the audience would know, Rocky Marciano, had retired in the mid-1950s, 40 years before this movie was released. The latest white heavyweight champion period was Tommy Morrison in 1993, who had a good career but only briefly held one belt and retired early due to contracting HIV.) Come the 2000s and into TheNewTens, a number of boxers from the former Soviet Union would become high level contenders or title holders in the heavyweight division, and in particular a pair of Ukrainians, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klitschko_brothers Klitschko brothers]], would utterly dominate the division from Lennox Lewis's retirement in 2004 to an over-the-hill Wladimir's defeat by Tyson Fury in 2015. The Klitschkos were not alone, as other white Slavic boxers like Nikolai Valuev, Oleg Maskaev, Siarhei Liakhovich, and Sultan Ibragimov also held titles in their era. Speaking of which, Fury himself is currently an undefeated white British heavyweight champion considered among the top three today. With various other Caucasian heavyweight boxers like Ruslan Chagaev, Kubrat Pulev, and Oleksandr Usyk poised to either hold titles or remain top contenders (Usyk having previously dominated the cruiser division), someone saying that a Caucasian champion is impossible would seem like the outlier today, rather than the other way around.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film was made during a long era when black fighters, almost all of them American, dominated heavyweight boxing and legends like Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield were all on the scene. Various characters mock the idea of a Caucasian heavyweight boxing champ as unthinkable. (At the time the film was made, the last time a Caucasian boxer had been truly recognized as ''the'' heavyweight champion was Ingemar Johansson, who scored a major upset victory over Floyd Patterson in 1959, and promptly lost the title back to Patterson when the two men had a rematch. The last white heavyweight champion most of the audience would know, Rocky Marciano, had retired in the mid-1950s, 40 years before this movie was released. The latest white heavyweight champion period was Tommy Morrison in 1993, who had a good career but only briefly held one belt and retired early due to contracting HIV.) Come the 2000s and into TheNewTens, a number of boxers from the former Soviet Union would become high level contenders or title holders in the heavyweight division, and in particular a pair of Ukrainians, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klitschko_brothers Klitschko brothers]], would utterly dominate the division from Lennox Lewis's retirement in 2004 to an over-the-hill Wladimir's defeat by Tyson Fury in 2015. The Klitschkos were not alone, as other white Slavic boxers like Nikolai Valuev, Oleg Maskaev, Siarhei Liakhovich, and Sultan Ibragimov also held titles in their era. Speaking of which, Fury himself is currently an undefeated white British heavyweight champion considered among the top three today. With various other Caucasian heavyweight boxers like Ruslan Chagaev, Andy Ruiz, Kubrat Pulev, and Oleksandr Usyk poised to either hold titles or remain top contenders (Usyk having previously dominated the cruiser division), someone saying that a Caucasian champion is impossible would seem like the outlier today, rather than the other way around.


* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film was made during a long era when black fighters, almost all of them American, dominated heavyweight boxing and legends like Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield were all on the scene. Various characters mock the idea of a Caucasian heavyweight boxing champ as unthinkable. (At the time the film was made, the last time a Caucasian boxer had been truly recognized as ''the'' heavyweight champion was Ingemar Johansson, who scored a major upset victory over Floyd Patterson in 1959, and promptly lost the title back to Patterson when the two men had a rematch. The last white heavyweight champion most of the audience would know, Rocky Marciano, had retired in the mid-1950s, 40 years before this movie was released.) Come the 2000s and into TheNewTens, a number of boxers from the former Soviet Union would become high level contenders or title holders in the heavyweight division, and in particular a pair of Ukrainians, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klitschko_brothers Klitschko brothers]], would dominate the division for most of a decade, followed by Tyson Fury, a currently undefeated unified heavyweight champion 6'8, 250 pound Brit who came to prominence after beating a past-his-prime Klitschko. With various other Caucasian heavyweight boxers like Ruslan Chagaev and Oleksandr Usyk poised to either hold titles or remain top contenders, someone saying that a Caucasian champion is impossible would seem like the outlier today, rather than the other way around.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film was made during a long era when black fighters, almost all of them American, dominated heavyweight boxing and legends like Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield were all on the scene. Various characters mock the idea of a Caucasian heavyweight boxing champ as unthinkable. (At the time the film was made, the last time a Caucasian boxer had been truly recognized as ''the'' heavyweight champion was Ingemar Johansson, who scored a major upset victory over Floyd Patterson in 1959, and promptly lost the title back to Patterson when the two men had a rematch. The last white heavyweight champion most of the audience would know, Rocky Marciano, had retired in the mid-1950s, 40 years before this movie was released. The latest white heavyweight champion period was Tommy Morrison in 1993, who had a good career but only briefly held one belt and retired early due to contracting HIV.) Come the 2000s and into TheNewTens, a number of boxers from the former Soviet Union would become high level contenders or title holders in the heavyweight division, and in particular a pair of Ukrainians, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klitschko_brothers Klitschko brothers]], would utterly dominate the division for most of a decade, followed from Lennox Lewis's retirement in 2004 to an over-the-hill Wladimir's defeat by Tyson Fury, a Fury in 2015. The Klitschkos were not alone, as other white Slavic boxers like Nikolai Valuev, Oleg Maskaev, Siarhei Liakhovich, and Sultan Ibragimov also held titles in their era. Speaking of which, Fury himself is currently an undefeated unified white British heavyweight champion 6'8, 250 pound Brit who came to prominence after beating a past-his-prime Klitschko. considered among the top three today. With various other Caucasian heavyweight boxers like Ruslan Chagaev Chagaev, Kubrat Pulev, and Oleksandr Usyk poised to either hold titles or remain top contenders, contenders (Usyk having previously dominated the cruiser division), someone saying that a Caucasian champion is impossible would seem like the outlier today, rather than the other way around.


* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film was made during a long era when black fighters, almost all of them American, dominated heavyweight boxing and legends like Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield were all on the scene. Various characters mock the idea of a Caucasian heavyweight boxing champ as unthinkable. (At the time the film was made, the last time a Caucasian boxer had been truly recognized as ''the'' heavyweight champion was Ingemar Johansson, who scored a major upset victory over Floyd Patterson in 1959, and promptly lost the title back to Patterson when the two men had a rematch. The last white heavyweight champion most of the audience would know, Rocky Marciano, had retired in the mid-1950s, 40 years before this movie was released.) Come the 2000s and into TheNewTens, a number of boxers from the former Soviet Union would become high level contenders or title holders in the heavyweight division, and in particular a pair of Ukrainians, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klitschko_brothers Klitschko brothers]], would dominate the division for most of a decade. With various other Caucasian heavyweight boxers like Ruslan Chagaev and Tyson Fury poised to either hold titles or remain top contenders, someone saying that a Caucasian champion is impossible would seem like the outlier today, rather than the other way around.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film was made during a long era when black fighters, almost all of them American, dominated heavyweight boxing and legends like Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield were all on the scene. Various characters mock the idea of a Caucasian heavyweight boxing champ as unthinkable. (At the time the film was made, the last time a Caucasian boxer had been truly recognized as ''the'' heavyweight champion was Ingemar Johansson, who scored a major upset victory over Floyd Patterson in 1959, and promptly lost the title back to Patterson when the two men had a rematch. The last white heavyweight champion most of the audience would know, Rocky Marciano, had retired in the mid-1950s, 40 years before this movie was released.) Come the 2000s and into TheNewTens, a number of boxers from the former Soviet Union would become high level contenders or title holders in the heavyweight division, and in particular a pair of Ukrainians, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klitschko_brothers Klitschko brothers]], would dominate the division for most of a decade. decade, followed by Tyson Fury, a currently undefeated unified heavyweight champion 6'8, 250 pound Brit who came to prominence after beating a past-his-prime Klitschko. With various other Caucasian heavyweight boxers like Ruslan Chagaev and Tyson Fury Oleksandr Usyk poised to either hold titles or remain top contenders, someone saying that a Caucasian champion is impossible would seem like the outlier today, rather than the other way around.


* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film was made during the era of Black boxing heavyweight legends Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield and it shows, with several characters universally mocking the idea of a Caucasian heavyweight boxing champ as unthinkable. Come the 2000s and onto TheNewTens, two Caucasian men would dominate the heavyweight scene for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klitschko_brothers over a decade]] and the trend would continue with the rise of other Caucasian heavyweight boxers like Ruslan Chagaev and Tyson Fury.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film was made during the a long era when black fighters, almost all of Black boxing them American, dominated heavyweight boxing and legends like Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield and it shows, with several were all on the scene. Various characters universally mocking mock the idea of a Caucasian heavyweight boxing champ as unthinkable. (At the time the film was made, the last time a Caucasian boxer had been truly recognized as ''the'' heavyweight champion was Ingemar Johansson, who scored a major upset victory over Floyd Patterson in 1959, and promptly lost the title back to Patterson when the two men had a rematch. The last white heavyweight champion most of the audience would know, Rocky Marciano, had retired in the mid-1950s, 40 years before this movie was released.) Come the 2000s and onto into TheNewTens, two Caucasian men a number of boxers from the former Soviet Union would dominate become high level contenders or title holders in the heavyweight scene for division, and in particular a pair of Ukrainians, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klitschko_brothers over a decade]] and the trend Klitschko brothers]], would continue with dominate the rise division for most of a decade. With various other Caucasian heavyweight boxers like Ruslan Chagaev and Tyson Fury.Fury poised to either hold titles or remain top contenders, someone saying that a Caucasian champion is impossible would seem like the outlier today, rather than the other way around.


* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film was made during the era of African-American boxing heavyweight legends Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield and it shows, with several characters universally mocking the idea of a Caucasian heavyweight boxing champ as unthinkable. Come the 2000s and onto TheNewTens, two Caucasian men would dominate the heavyweight scene for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klitschko_brothers over a decade]] and the trend would continue with the rise of other Caucasian heavyweight boxers like Ruslan Chagaev and Joseph Parker.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film was made during the era of African-American Black boxing heavyweight legends Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield and it shows, with several characters universally mocking the idea of a Caucasian heavyweight boxing champ as unthinkable. Come the 2000s and onto TheNewTens, two Caucasian men would dominate the heavyweight scene for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klitschko_brothers over a decade]] and the trend would continue with the rise of other Caucasian heavyweight boxers like Ruslan Chagaev and Joseph Parker.Tyson Fury.

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* StarDerailingRole: One of three box office bombs for Damon Wayans in 1996, along with ''Film/{{Bulletproof}}'' and ''Film/CelticPride''. Putting a bullet in his A-list attempt and forcing him back to television.


-->'''Sultan''': [[Film/PulpFiction Vincent, how you doing, baby! You seen Jules? How's everythin'? Alright. Good to see you.]]

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-->'''Sultan''': [[Film/PulpFiction Vincent, how you doing, baby! You seen Jules? How's everythin'? Alright. Good to see you.]]]]
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film was made during the era of African-American boxing heavyweight legends Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield and it shows, with several characters universally mocking the idea of a Caucasian heavyweight boxing champ as unthinkable. Come the 2000s and onto TheNewTens, two Caucasian men would dominate the heavyweight scene for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klitschko_brothers over a decade]] and the trend would continue with the rise of other Caucasian heavyweight boxers like Ruslan Chagaev and Joseph Parker.

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* ActorAllusion: As Samuel L. Jackson's Sultan sits down at ringside he has a short exchange with a familiar looking man.
-->'''Sultan''': [[Film/PulpFiction Vincent, how you doing, baby! You seen Jules? How's everythin'? Alright. Good to see you.]]

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