The Big Blow
Set against the backdrop of a giant hurricane that flattened Galveston, Texas in 1900. Local black champion Little Arthur must go head-to-head not only against prejudiced social and relational divides, but with a ringer from Chicago – Jim McBride – a dirty-fighting racist hired by the local Sporting Club to do one thing: Kill Little Arthur and restore the championship to a white fighter. As with the real Jack Johnson, Little Arthur further defies social constructs by being in a forbidden relationship with a white woman. Based on a Joe Landsdale novella that is inspired by the real life story of Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion.
Johnson was recently granted a posthumous pardon by President Donald Trump from his conviction for violating the Mann Act in 1910 at the height of the Jim Crow era in the USA.
- Reinaldo Marcus Green
- Giannina Scott, Ridley Scott
- Oren Moverman (adaptation), Joe Landsdale (novella)
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Last updated 6th June 2018