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Grambling's White Tiger (also released as White Tiger in Europe) is a 1981 TV movie about the true story of Jim Gregory (played by Bruce Jenner) the first white quarterback at Grambling College, a historically black college in 1962. The movie covers Gregory's freshman year. Harry Belafonte stars as Coach Eddie Robinson and LeVar Burton (already famous from Roots and later to be known for Reading Rainbow and Star Trek: The Next Generation) appears as Charles 'Tank' Smith, the first friend Jim Gregory makes on the team. The film is directed by Georg Stanford Brown.
The movie starts with the recruitment of Gregory as a talented recruit, keen to have the opportunity to go to a school with real NFL credentials, who also opens avenues for funding and recognition for the college. The story deals with issues of race, culture and integration at a critical time in America's history. It ends with grudging acceptance and a positive message — although Gregory only actually plays for less than a minute in the final game of the team's division winning season.
The movie has enjoyed popularity outside the USA under different titles, usually some version of simply White Tiger. This is because Grambling would be unknown to other audiences and would not be understood in the title. It has been released in Finland under the names Team Tiger and White Tiger. It is particularly well known in Germany under the title Der Kampf der weißen Tiger (which translates as, The Struggle of The White Tiger). Movies featuring American Football have a very specific following in Germany.
All the releases are identical to the US release with various different covers for Video and DVD releases.
Director: Georg Stanford Brown (also from Roots)
Writers: William A. Attaway; based on a book called My Little Brother's Coming Tomorrow by Bruce BahrenburgBruce Jenner as Jim Gregory
Dennis Haysbert as James 'Shack' Harris
Bill Overton as Slick
Deborah Pratt as Jennifer
Byron Stewart as Sandman
Ray Vitte as Rags
LeVar Burton as Charles 'Tank' Smith
Harry Belafonte as Coach Eddie Robinson
Vance Davis as Coach Porter
Fred Pinkard as Dr. Ford
Daniel Joseph Bernard as Gibbons
Mark Chavis as Chris
Betsy Corley as Coed Clerk
Gilbert Culpepper as Holmes
Rick Frederick as Male Clerk
Marlene Leeper as Janey
Alex Marshall as Wiley Coach
Herb Nelson as Slob
Glarence Odum as Potts
Robert Parham as 'JJ' Johnson
Anita Parrott as Mrs. Johnson
John K. Price as Man at Counter
Dorsey R. Richard as Rhino
Katie Robinson as Waitress
Tammy L. Staten as Ruby
John Tellis as Guard
Michael Jerome Williams as Pow Wow Samuels
The film was released on DVD on June 3, 1998.
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