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Bob Champion
Gregory Jones ...
Peter
Mick Dillon ...
Snowy
Ann Bell ...
Valda Embiricos
Jan Francis ...
Jo Beswick
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Nick Embiricos
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Josh Gifford
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Burly Cocks
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Barbara
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Ceri Jackson ...
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Francesca Brill ...
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Andrew Wilde ...
Graham
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Dr. Merrow
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The true story of Bob Champion, a British steeple chase jockey who, in the late 1970s, was diagnosed with cancer. Rather than succumb to the disease, however, Bob stages a miraculous recovery and goes on to win the 1981 Grand National steeple chase on the horse Aldaniti. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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20 April 1984 (USA)  »

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Apart from Bob Champion, two other Grand National winning jockeys are also featured in the film - John Buckingham who won in 1967 on Foinavon, and John Burke who won in 1976 on Rag Trade. See more »

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During the race, a riderless, grey horse with the number 45 is seen amongst the runners. No grey horse ran in the 1981 Grand National. See more »

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Mary Hussey: Oh Bob. You're cured, so it's time to face the facts. Riding again was a dream! It helped you through your illness.
Bob Champion: Don't waste your breath.
Mary Hussey: The doctor told you your lungs are permanently damaged! You're as weak as a kitten! You've no feeling in your hands or feet! Bob, you can't ride a bicycle!
Bob Champion: Yes, it will take a little time...
Bob Champion: Sick or not, you're gonna have to face this sooner or later. What are you gonna do with the rest of your life? You can't be a jockey forever!
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Music by Carl Davis
Lyric by Norman Newell
Sung by Elaine Paige
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National Champion.
31 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Comparing it to "Rocky" is demeaning the movie and insulting the hero ,because it's based on a true story.Directing is just okay and rises to the occasion only for the final race,but John Hurt's performance is just perfect and the reason for which you should watch it.It's also a message of hope for people suffering from cancer.


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