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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Drama | Sport

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PG | See all certifications »

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4 April 1979 (USA)  »

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El campeón  »

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Ricky Schroder played the role which had been played by famous child star Jackie Cooper in the original film version of The Champ (1931). Cooper was nine years old when he appeared in that movie whereas Schroder was eight years when he appeared in this remake. 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, "Thursday, May 23rd." The film takes place in 1979. May 23rd, 1979 was actually a Wednesday. 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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One of the most heart-rending films in the history of films
14 July 2002 | by (Wakefield, England) – See all my reviews

I first watched this film in 1980 as a five year old with my gran and we managed to distort the credits through our tears and sobbing. I received the video about four years ago, and as a twenty-two year old it had the same effect. Last night, I watched the Champ with my girlfriend and I am happy to say that the years haven't mellowed me and we were both in floods of tears before I switched the film off. I defy anybody who has an emotional bone in their body not to be touched by the story of Billy Flynn, and more importantly TJ. I won't give any of the storyline away as it will make it all the better for watching if you haven't seen it. As for me, I can't wait until the Champ get's it DVD release as I will be first in the queue.

"I want the Champ !"


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