Boxer Jack Jefferson is the world’s reigning heavyweight boxing champion. There’s just one problem, he is also the first black heavyweight champion, and that bothers a lot of people. Jack’s celebration is cut short, as Jack is framed for crossing a state line with Eleanor, his white fiancé, a violation of the Mann Act. Facing a prison sentence, Jack escapes to Europe, with Eleanor in tow, encountering problems in England, and then France, and eventually landing in Cuba. In Havana, Jack agrees to enter the boxing ring for what might be the bout of his life.
Director: Martin Ritt.
Writers: Howard Sackler (play), Howard Sackler (screenplay).
Stars: James Earl Jones, Jane Alexander, Lou Gilbert, Joel Fluellen, Chester Morris, Robert Webber, Marlene Warfield, R.G. Armstrong, Hal Holbrook, Beah Richards, Moses Gunn, Lloyd Gough, George Ebeling, Larry Pennell, Roy Glenn, Bill Walker, Marcel Dalio, Rodolfo Acosta, Virginia Capers, Rockne Tarkington, Oscar Beregi Jr., Manuel Padilla Jr., Karl-Otto Alberty, Jim Beattie.
1971 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role (James Earl Jones).
1971 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Jane Alexander).
1971 Golden Globes – Winner for Most Promising Newcomer – Male (James Earl Jones).
1971 Golden Globes – Nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (James Earl Jones).
1971 Golden Globes – Nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (Jane Alexander)