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The Champ ()


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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.
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Billy
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Annie
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T.J.
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Jackie
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Mike
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Riley
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Dolly Kenyon
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Josie
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Georgie (as Elisha Cook)
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Charlie Goodman
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Whitey
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Hesh
Shirlee Kong ...
Donna Mae
Jeff Blum ...
Jeffie
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Hoffmaster
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Bowers (as Randall Cobb)
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Sonny (as Christoff St. John)
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Cuban Girl
Jody Wilson ...
Mrs. Riley
Reginal M. Toussaint ...
Groom
Bob Gordon ...
TV Reporter
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Dolly's Trainer
Anne Logan ...
Horse Owner
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Race Track Announcer
Rita Turner ...
Lady at the Rail
Dorothy Streisin ...
Dolly's Guest (as Dorothy Strelsin)
Lionel Dozier ...
Hot Walker
Charles W. Camac ...
Head Starter
David Peden ...
Ship's Captain
William Fuller ...
Steward
Vanna Salviati ...
Pitch Lady
Maurice Pete Mitchell ...
Gambler
Ernesto Molinari ...
Bar Patron (as Ernesto Morelli)
Robert Sutton ...
Second Gambler (as Robert Ray Sutton)
Philip Tuersky ...
Bartender
Micki Varro ...
Nikki
Geoff Marlowe ...
Security Guard
George Stidham ...
Exercise Rider
Willie White ...
Willie
Curtis Jackson ...
Sparring Partner
Wally Rose ...
Bowers' Manager
Dick Young ...
Referee
Sonny Shields ...
Bowers' Handler #1
Larry Duran ...
Bowers' Handler #2
Lars Hensen ...
Ring Doctor
Jeff Temkin ...
Ring Announcer
Eddie 'El Annimal' Lopez ...
Boxer Corner Man (as Eddie 'El Animal' Lopez)
Ralph Gambina ...
Timekeeper
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mario Bellini ...
Boxing Match Spectator (uncredited)
Jack Berle ...
Boxing Match Spectator (uncredited)
Boyd Cabeen ...
Boxing Match Spectator (uncredited)
Tony Dante ...
Boxing Match Spectator (uncredited)
Daniel Elam ...
Boxing Match Spectator (uncredited)
Levi Forte ...
Boxer in Gym (uncredited)
Tremel James ...
Billy's Sparring Partner (uncredited)
Patricia Jimenez-rojo ...
Stable Worker (uncredited)
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Uncle Eddie (uncredited)
Clyde McLeod ...
Boxing Match Spectator (uncredited)
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Race Horse Owner (uncredited)
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Horse trainer at stables (uncredited)
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Boxing Match Spectator (uncredited)
Nick Stevens ...
Boxing Match Spectator (uncredited)
Dana Winseman ...
Ring Side Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Franco Zeffirelli

Written by

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Frances Marion ... (story)
 
Walter Newman ... (writer)

Produced by

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Dyson Lovell ... producer

Music by

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Dave Grusin

Cinematography by

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Fred J. Koenekamp

Film Editing by

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Michael J. Sheridan

Editorial Department

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Richard Lane ... assistant editor
Reginald Mills ... consulting editor
Eric A. Sears ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Sam Christensen
Joyce Robinson

Production Design by

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Herman A. Blumenthal

Set Decoration by

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James W. Payne
Rick Simpson

Costume Design by

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Theoni V. Aldredge

Makeup Department

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Michael Corsentino ... hair stylist
Robert Dawn ... makeup artist (as Bob Dawn)
Lee Harman ... makeup artist (as Lee C. Harmon)
Kaye Pownall ... hair stylist
Elizabeth Lambert ... makeup artist: Miami (uncredited)
Denise McGowan ... hairdresser: Miami (uncredited)

Production Management

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Maurice Vaccarino ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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David Silver ... assistant director
Jerry Sobul ... second assistant director
Fred Wardell ... second assistant director (as Fred R. Wardell)
Jack Breschard ... dga trainee (uncredited)

Art Department

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Martha Johnston ... set designer
Lance Lombardo ... lead man
Ron Scelza ... second props
Rich Valesko ... property master (as Richard Valesko)
Vernon Cates ... prop maker (uncredited)
William Comp ... painter: Miami (uncredited)
Bill Desmond ... painter (uncredited)
Ron MacMillan ... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Kenny Most ... greensman (uncredited)
George Szeptycki ... assistant art director (uncredited)
George Tuers ... assistant props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Jerry Jost ... sound
Michael J. Kohut ... sound
William L. McCaughey ... sound (as William McCaughey)
John Riordan ... sound editor
Aaron Rochin ... sound
Gregory H. Watkins ... Sound Re-recordist
Ken Dufva ... foley artist (uncredited)
William Johnson ... cable person: Miami (uncredited)
Joseph Kite ... boom operator (uncredited)
William Manooch ... cable person (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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James Thompson ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Marc Mercury ... animal wrangler
Paul Baxley ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Fred Scheiwiller ... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele ... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Summers ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Mike Benson ... camera operator (as Michael A. Benson)
Elliott Marks ... still photographer
Thomas P. Powell ... rigging gaffer
Stephen Wever ... still photographer (as Steve Wever)
William D. Barber ... camera assistant: Miami (uncredited)
Raphe Berry Jr. ... best boy: MGM (uncredited)
Don Chase ... second grip (uncredited)
Antonio V. Garrido ... grip (uncredited)
William McConnell ... camera assistant: Miami (uncredited)
Michael McGowan ... camera operator: Miami (uncredited)
Edward Morey III ... camera assistant (uncredited)
Fred Murphy ... camera assistant (uncredited)
John Murray ... key grip (uncredited)
Rudy Muñoz ... lamp operator (uncredited)
Lawrence E. Peets ... best boy (uncredited)
Les Ramsey ... dolly grip: MGM (uncredited)
John R. Shannon ... still photographer (uncredited)
Gene Stout ... gaffer (uncredited)
Bill Young ... dolly grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Dee Miller ... location casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Joie Hutchinson ... costumer: women (uncredited)
Silvio Scarano ... costumer: men (uncredited)
Donna Tomas ... assistant to costume designer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Linda McGowan ... location manager
Paul Pav ... location manager (uncredited)
Morris Schermer ... location auditor (uncredited)

Music Department

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Harry V. Lojewski ... music supervisor
Richard Perry ... music consultant
Joe Tuley ... music editor

Transportation Department

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Dennis Hollis ... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Hank Scelza ... transportation co-captain: Miami (uncredited)
David Schwanke ... transportation captain (uncredited)

Other crew

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Doris Grau ... script supervisor
Don Morgan ... unit publicist
Jerry Riley ... stand-in: Ricky Schroeder
Jan Walchko ... production assistant
Bill Alvy ... craft service: Miami (uncredited)
Brian Brownley ... dialogue director (uncredited)
Gerry Fischer ... estimator (uncredited)
Gary Franklin ... timekeeper (uncredited)
Maryruth Marzella ... welfare worker: Miami (uncredited)
Max Miller ... craft service: Miami (uncredited)
Larry Nagel ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Bill Poole ... studio liaison (uncredited)
Ruth Silo ... secretary to producer (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The most poignant love-triangle of all - a father, his son, and the woman who came between them. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le champion (France)
  • Campeón (Spain)
  • A bajnok (Hungary)
  • Šampion (Serbia)
  • O Campeão (Portugal)
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Runtime
  • 121 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $1,972,684, 08 Apr 1979
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $4,926,621

Did You Know?

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Trivia Over two thousand children were interviewed for the key child role of T.J. Flynn. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Hair/Murder By Decree/A Perfect Couple/The Champ/Buck Rogers in the 25th Century/Love at First Bite/In Search of Dracula (1979). See more »
Quotes Doctor: [Champ has just died] I'm sorry.
T.J.: [Georgie and Jackie start to cry, TJ is shocked] No! Champ! No! Champ. Is he out? Is he out? What's the matter, Champ? Champ, wake up! Wake up! Wake - wake up!
[kisses his head]
T.J.: Champ, wake up, Champ! Hey, don't sleep now. We got to go home. Got to go home, Champ.
[Georgie collapses into sobs]
T.J.: Georgie. Don't cry. Georgie.
[TJ goes to the doctor]
T.J.: Mister, help me. Wake him up! Wake him!
Doctor: We're all real sorry.
T.J.: Please, wake him up!
Doctor: Let's go outside.
T.J.: No, no! I don't want to! I don't want to!
[runs to Jackie]
T.J.: Jackie! Wake him up! Wake him!
Jackie: TJ, please.
T.J.: I want Champ!
Jackie: TJ...
T.J.: I want Champ!
Jackie: TJ. Please, TJ, listen to me. He's gone. He's gone, son. He's gone.
T.J.: [shakes his head and backs away from Jackie] No. No! He's not gone! He's not! He's not!
Jackie: [Annie comes in, a smile on her face until she sees Champ and Jackie trying to calm TJ] Please.
T.J.: He is not dead! He is not dead! I want Champ!
Jackie: Please, listen to me, son.
T.J.: I want Champ!
Jackie: TJ, please, listen to me!
T.J.: I want Champ! Champ! He is not gone!
Jackie: [he and the doctor try to drag TJ away from Champ] Come on, son. Come on. TJ.
Annie: TJ.
[TJ walks towards her and hugs her, holding on tightly as he sobs]
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