Resurrecting the Champ (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  24 August 2007 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joyce Kernan
Ralph Metz
Andrea Flak
Bob Satterfield Jr.
Ike Epstein


A young journalist comes to the aid of a homeless man who claims he is a former heavy weight title contender. Seeing a chance to redeem his struggling career, the writer's story of the champ's life raises questions about the past that will threaten all he holds dear. Written by Anonymous

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Based on a true story, that was based on a lie.


Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 August 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Boскрешая чемпиона  »

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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,659,756 (USA) (24 August 2007)


$3,169,424 (USA) (21 September 2007)

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Did You Know?


In the original article in the LA times, the gentleman who first makes the journalist question the truth of "the champ's" identity is Ernie Terrell, a heavyweight contender who is perhaps most famous for being severely beaten by Muhammad Ali, after Terrell had refused to refer to Ali by his new name at the weigh-in for their fight, instead addressing Ali by his former name of Cassius Clay. See more »


When Erik leaves Champ at the house they were conversing in front of, Champ is shown standing on the curb as he contemplates knocking on the door of the house. Then, as Erik is driving away, he looks into his rear-view mirror, and Champ is instantly shown standing in the middle of the street instead of on the curb. See more »


Erik Kernan Jr.: [about Champ] He's not a bum. He's homeless.
Ralph Metz: [after a pause] No, he's a bum.
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Great movie, good morals
21 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the premier at Sundance. I went into the film expecting to see another typical action packed boxing movie. However, I was greatly impressed with the film, it was a lot better than I had expected. The performances by all the actors were solid. I was especially impressed with Dakota Goyo, who played Teddy, and apparently so was Josh, who commented on how easy it was for him to play his own role because of the level of talent Dakota has. Also, all three female characters played solid roles, which enhanced the depth of Josh Hartnett's character. This movie was able to provide a great story without the usual trash that's seen in many of the films we see today. This movie emphasized the importance of values and honesty which I think everyone needs to be reminded of.

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