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The Champ (1979)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 4 April 1979 (USA)
A former boxer discovers that his biggest battle of all is going to be with his ex-wife, Annie, who returns after abandoning their young son seven years prior.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Billy
... Annie
... T.J.
... Jackie
... Mike
... Riley
... Dolly Kenyon
... Josie
... Georgie (as Elisha Cook)
... Charlie Goodman
... Whitey
... Hesh
Shirlee Kong ... Donna Mae
Jeff Blum ... Jeffie
... Hoffmaster
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Storyline

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 Willy Vanhaelen <willy.vanhaelen@advalvas.be>

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boy | boxer | death | horse trainer | horse | See All (46) »

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The More You Love, The Harder You Fight. See more »

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Drama | Sport

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PG | See all certifications »

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4 April 1979 (USA)  »

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El campeón  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,972,684, 8 April 1979, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,441,738
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1.85 : 1
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The film was originally intended for father and son Ryan O'Neal and Griffin O'Neal. Ryan O'Neal instead appeared in another boxing movie, The Main Event (1979). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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[Annie just revealed to T.J. she is his mother]
Annie: I'm your mother.
T.J.: No, my mother's dead. She's a beautiful angel.
Annie: No she's not, I'm here and I love you.
T.J.: You don't live with us, you're not married to Champ.
Annie: Listen to me T.J., you don't have to live with someone to love them, I love you.
T.J.: Do you love the Champ? Do you? Do you love him? No you're not my mother.
Annie: No, no please listen to me. It's not that simple. T.J. listen to me.
T.J.: Go away. Please don't touch me. I don't want you, I don't want you.
Annie: Timmy...
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Featured in Paul O'Grady's Hollywood: Weepies (2017) See more »

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Another Classic !
13 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

In the whelm of movies that typify that perfect father-son relationship, this is one of the best. The emotions were incredibly well played out, and I can feel the anger and frustration of being the father in T.J.'s situation. Ricky Schroder's performance is convincing beyond many other young talents, and the drama is a stunning contrast of conflict, but not necessarily any resolution. The Champ is truly the quintessential example of the love between father and son, one which I can only hope to be able to show with my children.


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