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The Champ (1979)

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

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El campeón  »

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According to a 21st July 2011 article by Richard Chin published on the "The Smithsonian" website, "The Champ (1979) has been used in experiments to see if depressed people are more likely to cry than non-depressed people (they aren't). It has helped determine whether people are more likely to spend money when they are sad (they are) and whether older people are more sensitive to grief than younger people (older people did report more sadness when they watched the scene). Dutch scientists used the scene when they studied the effect of sadness on people with binge eating disorders (sadness didn't increase eating)". See more »

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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 »

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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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Referenced in Durugin si Totoy Bato (1979) See more »

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Another Classic !
13 February 1999 | by (Washington) – See all my reviews

In the whelm of movies that typify that perfect father-son relationship, this is one of the best. The emotions were incredibly well played out, and I can feel the anger and frustration of being the father in T.J.'s situation. Ricky Schroder's performance is convincing beyond many other young talents, and the drama is a stunning contrast of conflict, but not necessarily any resolution. The Champ is truly the quintessential example of the love between father and son, one which I can only hope to be able to show with my children.


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