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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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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:

O Resgate de Um Campeão  »

Filming Locations:


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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


[first lines]
Announcer: He lost to Harold Johnson and to Nino Valdez. That win to Valdez catapulted him into the national statistics spotlight also. Charles, 32 years old, Satterfield, 30. Here's round two. 189 for Charles, 180 for Satterfield. Charles is in the white trunks.
Erik Kernan Jr.: [narrating] A writer, like a boxer, must stand alone.
Announcer: Satterfield has surprised all tonight with his right.
Erik Kernan Jr.: Having your words published, like entering a ring, puts your talent on display. And there's nowhere to hide. The truth is ...
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References NFL Monday Night Football (1970) See more »


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User Reviews

Terrific, understated performance by Samuel L. Jackson
5 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jackson stands out in this heartfelt movie about a sports writer (played by Josh Hartnett), estranged from his wife (Cold Case's Kathryn Morris), who works to shine the limelight once more on a former boxer (Jackson) who has become homeless. In addition to Jackson, there's great work from young Dakota Goyo as Hartnett's son, and Rachel Nichols as the co-worker who assists in the writer's research. This is director Rod Lurie's most personal film to date, and it gives you some serious issues to think about, very rare in this threequel-laden summer. There's also a surprise appearance from one of our best character actors, and Alan Alda does a fine turn as Hartnett's boss.

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