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Champions (1984)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  20 April 1984 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Champion
Gregory Jones ...
Mick Dillon ...
Ann Bell ...
Valda Embiricos
Jan Francis ...
Jo Beswick
Nick Embiricos
Josh Gifford
Burly Cocks
Mary Hussey
Jonathan Newth ...
Ceri Jackson ...
1st Nurse
Francesca Brill ...
2nd Nurse
Andrew Wilde ...
Dr. Merrow


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 <>

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A true story [International]


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Release Date:

20 April 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bajnokok  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Bob Champion: I'm gonna win the Grand National on this horse!
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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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The most amazing story from the most amazing race
4 June 2001 | by (Belfast,Northern Ireland) – See all my reviews

I've been to Aintree every year since 1977. I've seen Red Rum score an unbelievable third win, I've seen a National declared void after two false starts, a bomb scare stop the race and a pile up that left just two horses in the race. I've seen champion jockies try year after year to win and never even complete the course while a fifty-six year old grandmother gets round to finish fifth. This though is THE story. Bob Champion was finished as a jockey. His only fight should have been for his life. Aldaniti was finished as a race horse. Yet these two combined to make the impossible happen. John Hurt was perfect as Champion. I'm privileged to say that I was there to see this amazing climax to an amazing story.

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