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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
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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
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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

Jo Beswick: Bob, there's always a chance.
Bob Champion: No, Jo, he's finished. And so am I.
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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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Brilliant
2 January 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A wonderful movie, easily one of the best of the last 50 years. I would put it in the top 5 ever made. Great acting, production, script,drama,realness. Why this film didn't scoop all the awards in 1985 is beyond belief. I feel sorry for people who haven't seen this film. It is a beauty, and John Hurt is simply a genius. A knockout and a true story. Absolutely a magnificent film that I hope people rediscover. It is a story of a jockey and a horse who rise against incredibly difficult circumstances. A great feature of the film is the casting . Some films are cast badly, but this one gets it remits in every part. Though it was made in 85, some films age, but to this one. It is as relevant, raw and real as it was in 1985 and moves easily as a believable storyline in 2013.


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