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

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Actress Faye Dunaway played a mother in this movie. Around the time that the film was made, motherhood was a dream ambition for the actress. Dunaway became a mother in real life the year after the film was first launched. 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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an emotional masterpiece
22 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Unlike many of the critics who saw this movie and hated it, obviously these so called "film critics" must be jaded wanna be filmmakers who never made it, and have not truly found the meaning of film-making to date. Sorry for them. This motion picture is what makes cinema so great. It is the extremely emotional content and story, not the mere technicalities or flaws that makes this movie great. I saw this film 25 years ago and I remember a theaters completely in tears. I saw this movie again just recently on HBO and as hard as you tried, it was impossible to hold back tears, specially at the end. I don't know who these movie critics are nor where they come from, but they certainly have much to learn from this film.


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