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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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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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boy | boxer | death | horse trainer | horse | See All (46) »

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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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Drama | Sport

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$1,972,684, 8 April 1979, Limited Release

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$30,441,738
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Playing a boxing coach in this movie was actor Jack Warden who had just the previous year played a sports trainer in another movie, as Warren Beatty's football coach in Heaven Can Wait (1978). 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 »

Quotes

Billy: What about my heart? What about my mind? What about me? What about me? Billy Flynn! What about me? I'm real, too!
Annie: What's the matter, Billy? What is it?
Billy: You could always come back. We"ll take you back You... We'll give you a second chance.
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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: The Breakup: Part 2 (2001) See more »

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Another Classic !
13 February 1999 | by 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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