Billy Flynn, a former boxing champion, is now horse trainer in Hialeah. He makes just enough money to raise his little boy T.J., over whom he got custody after his wife Annie left him seven years ago. T.J. worships The Champ, who is now working on his comeback in order to give his boy a better future. But suddenly Annie shows up again.Written by
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Despite a vocal version ultimately not being used in the film, two vocal versions of the song "If You Remember Me" were recorded. The soundtrack album version was sung by Englishman Chris Thompson, and the version used in a music video-style trailer to promote the film was sung by Michael McDonald. The following year, McDonald and Thompson collaborated as co-writers of The Doobie Brothers song "No Stoppin' Us Now". See more »
When Champ is badly beaten up in the ring near the end of the movie, he is almost unconscious. To try to make sure he is okay, Jackie asks Champ, "What day is it today?" Champ says, "Thursday, May 23rd." The film takes place in 1979. May 23rd, 1979 was actually a Wednesday. See more »
[Billy and T.J. are playing in the ocean]
Champ, did you love her?
Of course I loved her, that's why we had you.
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One of the most heart-rending films in the history of films
I first watched this film in 1980 as a five year old with my gran and we managed to distort the credits through our tears and sobbing. I received the video about four years ago, and as a twenty-two year old it had the same effect. Last night, I watched the Champ with my girlfriend and I am happy to say that the years haven't mellowed me and we were both in floods of tears before I switched the film off. I defy anybody who has an emotional bone in their body not to be touched by the story of Billy Flynn, and more importantly TJ. I won't give any of the storyline away as it will make it all the better for watching if you haven't seen it. As for me, I can't wait until the Champ get's it DVD release as I will be first in the queue.
"I want the Champ !"
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