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The Champ (1979)

PG  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  4 April 1979 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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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 most poignant love-triangle of all - a father, his son, and the woman who came between them. See more »

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Film debut of actor Ricky Schroder. See more »

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When Champ is badly beaten up in the ring near the end of the movie, he is almost unconscious. To try to make sure he is okay, Jackie asks Champ, "What day is it today?" Champ says, "Thurday, May 23rd." The film takes place in 1979. May 23rd, 1979 was actually a Wednesday. See more »

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[Billy just sees Annie after 7 years]
Billy: You know what I told T.J.? That you died that you were killed in a car wreck and that you were a tramp and we were better off without you.
Annie: I am his mother.
Billy: You're dead, the kid's got no mother.
Annie: I'm here, I am his mother.
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Excellent
13 July 2002 | by (Seattle, WA. USA) – See all my reviews

After seeing this movie again (it's been over 20 years), I can't think of enough positive things to say about it. The honesty of the script tends to overcome any sense of melodrama, and it turns out to be a 10-hanky tearjerker. The acting is great all around as well. I didn't know what I'd think since it's been so long, and was a bit surprised to find this film has lost nothing in the intervening years -- if anything, it views even better than it did when it was released. I'm also a bit surprised to see it so far down on the IMDB ratings chart. Almost too painful to watch at times (maybe that's why).

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