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Champions (1984)

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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Bob Champion
Gregory Jones ...
Peter
Mick Dillon ...
Snowy
Ann Bell ...
Valda Embiricos
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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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Mary Hussey
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Ceri Jackson ...
1st Nurse
Francesca Brill ...
2nd Nurse
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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Bajnokok  »

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Trivia

The lucky horseshoe, given to Champion by Jo and later carried in his boot during the Grand National, was the original one once worn by Bob Champion who was an advisor on the film. See more »

Goofs

In the big race, the leading horse is shown to unseat its rider at the third fence (jockey with pink and black spots) A few minutes later, the same horse and jockey combination are back up with the pace. See more »

Quotes

Barbara: I spend all my time fending off guys like you.
Bob Champion: I'm glad you made an exception.
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Connections

Referenced in Demons (1985) See more »

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Music by Carl Davis
Lyric by Norman Newell
Sung by Elaine Paige
(Deleted from general release print)
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Tear jerker par-excellence
8 February 2003 | by (Southport, England) – See all my reviews

Whilst this film sticks mostly to the 'disease of the week' formulae of American TV-movies, it does contain, for me, one of the most moving scenes in cinema history. Check out the scene at the children's ward and make sure you have a box of tissues handy.


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