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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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Faye Dunaway's part was only a supporting role but this fitted with what the actress was doing at the time which was only taking smaller roles. 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: [the Champ is dying after winning the big fight] T.J. - T.J., where are you?
T.J.: Here I am.
Billy: Yeah. T.J. - Annie was here tonight, T.J. Wasn't that a nice thing?
T.J.: Yeah.
Billy: You invited her, didn't you? Huh?
T.J.: I wrote to her. You said to.
Billy: Yeah. It was nice of her to come. You know, TJ, you know, you're... Annie and me. We did some silly things. Who knows why people do what they do? Nobody knows that, but she's... she's a good person. You know that. You happy, kid? I won the fight. You happy?
T.J.: Yeah.
Billy: Yeah.
T.J.: The ...
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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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