106 mins PG 13 The Great White Hope | 1970 Adaptation, Sports Story of the first black heavyweight champion boxer of the world, Jack Jefferson. 106 mins PG 13 Director: Martin Ritt Writers: Howard Sackler, Howard Sackler Stars: James Earl Jones, Jane Alexander, Lou Gilbert | See full cast & crew » Awards: 2 Oscar nominations. Another 1 nomination | full awards » Jump to Related Articles Photos Cast & Crew 3Awards Synopsis Cast James Earl Jones ... Jack Jefferson Actor Jane Alexander ... Eleanor Bachman Actor Lou Gilbert ... Goldie Actor Joel Fluellen ... Tick Actor Chester Morris ... Pop Weaver Actor Robert Webber ... Dixon Actor Marlene Warfield ... Clara Actor R G Armstrong ... Cap'n Dan Actor Hal Holbrook ... Cameron Actor Beah Richards ... Mama Tiny Actor Moses Gunn ... Scipio Actor Lloyd Gough ... Smitty Actor Full Cast & Crew Director Martin Ritt Director Full Cast & Crew Writers Howard Sackler Screenplay Howard Sackler Play as Source Material Full Cast & Crew Company 20th Century Fox Studio Full Cast & Crew Synopsis Story of the first black heavyweight champion boxer of the world, Jack Jefferson.