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The Champ (1979)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 4 April 1979 (USA)
Billy Flynn, a former boxing champion, is now horse trainer in Hialeah. He makes just enough money to raise his little boy T.J., over whom he got custody after his wife Annie left him seven... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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Annie
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Jackie
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Mike
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Riley
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Dolly Kenyon
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Josie
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Georgie (as Elisha Cook)
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Charlie Goodman
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Whitey
Joe Tornatore ...
Hesh
Shirlee Kong ...
Donna Mae
Jeff Blum ...
Jeffie
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Hoffmaster
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Billy Flynn, a former boxing champion, is now horse trainer in Hialeah. He makes just enough money to raise his little boy T.J., over whom he got custody after his wife Annie left him seven years ago. T.J. worships The Champ who is now working on his come-back in order to give his boy a better future. But suddenly Annie shows up again ... Written by Willy Vanhaelen <willy.vanhaelen@advalvas.be>

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The More You Love, The Harder You Fight. See more »

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Drama | Sport

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PG | See all certifications »

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El campeón  »

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Trivia

One of a number of remakes directed by Franco Zeffirelli. See more »

Goofs

When The Champ slaps T.J. he slaps him while standing up but, in the very next shot, he's kneeling down by T.J. See more »

Quotes

Billy: No smoking in the barn area. What do you want?
Annie: T.J.'s Timmy, isn't he?
Billy: Yeah, T.J. is Timmy. So you figured it out, so what? Even a dumb horse knows her own foal.
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Referenced in Becker: Cyrano De-Beckerac (1999) See more »

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One of the best I have ever seen! A must for the top 250!
10 March 2007 | by (Corona, CA) – See all my reviews

I cannot believe the rating this movie is only a 5.8. Have they seen the same movie as I have? I have watched "The Champ" several times and every time I cry even when I know what is going to happen. It is a story of a retired boxer and his son and the love the boy has for his father would be any father's dream. Even though the father has his faults (like we all do) he loves his son and tries to give his son a better life. I was just shocked at the rating and was compelled to vote. Usually the IMDb community gets it right but in this case they are dead wrong. 10 all they way!!! Great! Super! and very emotional. My whole family cried including my dog.


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