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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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Joyce Kernan
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Ralph Metz
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Polly
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Andrea Flak
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Perlmutter
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Whitley
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Bob Satterfield Jr.
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Ike Epstein
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Kenny
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Storyline

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.

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Drama | Sport

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

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Release Date:

24 August 2007 (USA)  »

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Boскрешая чемпиона  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$3,169,424 (USA) (21 September 2007)
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The story was inspired by the article "Resurrecting the Champ" by J.R. Moehringer which appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine in 1997; although the article indeed purportedly focused on Bob Satterfield, there are various other differences with the true story. Moehringer had no children, and his father was not well-known though he did abandon his family when the writer was an infant. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Erik Kernan Jr.: You were almost champion of the world
Champ: Ah, that was a long time ago.
Erik Kernan Jr.: You fought LaMotta. You fought Patterson. You heard a whole stadium of people stand up and call out your name! You remember that?
Champ: Sure, sure I remember that.
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Referenced in Hollywood's Top Ten: Best Fights (2010) See more »

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Written by Kirby Andersen
Performed by Shinjuku Zulu
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This movie deserves more attention
4 September 2007 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

This movie deserves more attention that what it has now (and distribution). Samuel L. Jackson played against type and did a wonderful job. It was also Josh Hartnett's best performance. The story is thought-provoking, heart-warming, and interesting.

The writing is solid and the performances impressive across the board -- even the kid who played Hartnett's son was excellent. As a writer, I really appreciate the themes on telling the truth, fame, integrity, responsibilities, talent, etc. The father-son theme echoes throughout the entire film. Like Field of Dreams, this is a guy's chick flick. Take your husbands, sons or fathers and go see this movie.


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