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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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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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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

Gross USA:

$200,498

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$200,498
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the big race, the leading horse is shown to unseat its rider at the third fence (jockey with pink and black spots) A few minutes later, the same horse and jockey combination are back up with the pace. See more »

Quotes

Josh Gifford: Whatever happens, however long it takes, you're my first jockey, and your job will stay open. That's a promise.
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Alternate Versions

ABC edited 20 minutes from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »

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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One of the best horseracing movies ever-4 stars
21 July 2003 | by jerryllintz2See all my reviews

I saw this film years ago when it was on cable for a short time and have been looking for a copy since. This movie is one of these sports movies that will have you yelling/pounding the arm of your chair/crying by the end,(think HOOSIERS/ROCKY).The track sequences are so realistic, you'll wonder how they could do them safely. The fact that the story is true is only one of it's great strengths. John Hurt does another of his (sadly underappreciated) great performances. All in all, a movie that is worth hunting down. I'm thinking that this film and the new SEABISCUIT would be a great 1-2 pick... now if I could just find a suitable third for a parley.


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