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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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Trivia

Aldaniti, the horse, on which Bob Champion won the Grand National, portrayed himself in the movie. See more »

Goofs

The tiny silver horseshoe 'lucky charm' was not given to Bob Champion by Jo Beswick when she visited him in hospital. It was sent to him by a couple from Cheltenham, with instructions that he should carry it in the race. See more »

Quotes

Mary Hussey: Oh Bob. You're cured, so it's time to face the facts. Riding again was a dream! It helped you through your illness.
Bob Champion: Don't waste your breath.
Mary Hussey: The doctor told you your lungs are permanently damaged! You're as weak as a kitten! You've no feeling in your hands or feet! Bob, you can't ride a bicycle!
Bob Champion: Yes, it will take a little time...
Bob Champion: Sick or not, you're gonna have to face this sooner or later. What are you gonna do with the rest of your life? You can't be a jockey forever!
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in Drew: The Man Behind the Poster (2013) 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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Brilliant
2 January 2013 | by pbaines_50See all my reviews

A wonderful movie, easily one of the best of the last 50 years. I would put it in the top 5 ever made. Great acting, production, script,drama,realness. Why this film didn't scoop all the awards in 1985 is beyond belief. I feel sorry for people who haven't seen this film. It is a beauty, and John Hurt is simply a genius. A knockout and a true story. Absolutely a magnificent film that I hope people rediscover. It is a story of a jockey and a horse who rise against incredibly difficult circumstances. A great feature of the film is the casting . Some films are cast badly, but this one gets it remits in every part. Though it was made in 85, some films age, but to this one. It is as relevant, raw and real as it was in 1985 and moves easily as a believable storyline in 2013.


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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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