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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 »

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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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20 April 1984 (USA)  »

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Bajnokok  »

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$54,262, 22 April 1984, Limited Release

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$54,262, 29 April 1984
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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

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

Barbara: I spend all my time fending off guys like you.
Bob Champion: I'm glad you made an exception.
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Referenced in Demons (1985) See more »

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Music by Carl Davis
Lyric by Norman Newell
Sung by Elaine Paige
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Brilliant
2 January 2013 | by See 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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