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Up-and-coming sports reporter rescues a homeless man ("Champ") only to discover that he is, in fact, a boxing legend believed to have passed away. What begins as an opportunity to resurrect Champ's story and escape the shadow of his father's success becomes a personal journey as the ambitious reporter reexamines his own life and his relationship with his family.
Samuel L. Jackson,
This was written by Steven Weber of "Wings" fame, so I was a little worried at first, as it seems that the more actors move into writing and directing, the lousier films get, but this one surprised me. Well crafted, nicely written, it's really a father/son story, and Alan Alda all but steals the film. Weber is strong, and the score is lovely. The camera work is very fluid, but sometimes I felt as though it was showing off instead of helping the story. Supporting roles are all good, featuring lots of recognizable faces including Peter Reigert as a Rabbi. Worth a look.
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