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Champions (1984)

The true story of Bob Champion, a British steeple chase jockey who, in the late 1970s, was diagnosed with cancer. Rather than succumb to the disease, however, Bob stages a miraculous ... See full summary »

Director:

John Irvin

Writers:

Bob Champion (book), Jonathan Powell (book) | 1 more credit »
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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hurt ... Bob Champion
Gregory Jones Gregory Jones ... Peter
Mick Dillon ... Snowy
Ann Bell ... Valda Embiricos
Jan Francis ... Jo Beswick
Peter Barkworth ... Nick Embiricos
Edward Woodward ... Josh Gifford
Ben Johnson ... Burly Cocks
Kirstie Alley ... Barbara
Alison Steadman ... Mary Hussey
Jonathan Newth ... Mr. Griffith Jones
Ceri Jackson Ceri Jackson ... 1st Nurse
Francesca Brill Francesca Brill ... 2nd Nurse
Andrew Wilde ... Graham
Judy Parfitt ... Dr. Merrow
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Storyline

The true story of Bob Champion, a British steeple chase jockey who, in the late 1970s, was diagnosed with cancer. Rather than succumb to the disease, however, Bob stages a miraculous recovery and goes on to win the 1981 Grand National steeple chase on the horse Aldaniti. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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A true story [International]


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bajnokok See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,262, 22 April 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$54,262, 29 April 1984
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Apart from Bob Champion, two other Grand National winning jockeys are also featured in the film, John Buckingham who won in 1967 on Foinavon, and John Burke, who won in 1976 on Rag Trade. See more »

Goofs

During the race, a riderless, grey horse with the number 45 is seen amongst the runners. No grey horse ran in the 1981 Grand National. See more »

Quotes

Mary Hussey: You're mad, Bob. Stark staring mad!
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Connections

Referenced in Demons (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Sometimes
Music by Carl Davis
Lyric by Norman Newell
Sung by Elaine Paige
(Deleted from general release print)
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National Champion.
31 August 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Comparing it to "Rocky" is demeaning the movie and insulting the hero ,because it's based on a true story.Directing is just okay and rises to the occasion only for the final race,but John Hurt's performance is just perfect and the reason for which you should watch it.It's also a message of hope for people suffering from cancer.


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