Grambling's White Tiger
|Grambling's White Tiger|
|Directed by||Georg Stanford Brown|
|Written by||William A. Attaway|
|Based on||My Little Brother's Coming Tomorrow
by Bruce Bahrenburg
|Cinematography||Joseph M. Wilcots|
|Edited by||David Rosenbloom|
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.
Outside the USA
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.
- Bruce 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
- Bahrenburg, Bruce (1971). My Little Brother's Coming Tomorrow. New York City: G. P. Putnam's Sons. ISBN 978-0399105647.
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