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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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 »


At the start of the film, Bob Champion and Aldaniti are seen winning a race at Chepstow racecourse. Aldaniti never raced at Chepstow. See more »


Burly Cocks: Over there you guys get peanuts for getting your neck broke. I say quit while you're ahead!
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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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A statement about champions
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This movie is a compelling story that truly opens your eyes to the possibilities in life. The story is remarkable, and many would say if this was fiction, too unbelievable. Here is the story of Bob Champion, a jockey who gets struck down with cancer which should of ended his career. He got so ill he could hardly breathe, nor did he have any feeling in his hands or feet. Then there's his mount Aldaniti, a horse of similar bad luck. Suffering from a ruptured tendon, this horse under normal circumstances would be put to sleep, but the owners keep him alive. Yet together, Bob Champion and Aldaniti go on to win the greatest race in horse racing, the grand national.


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