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Resurrecting the Champ (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 24 August 2007 (USA)
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Up-and-coming sports reporter rescues a homeless man ("Champ") only to discover that he is, in fact, a boxing legend believed to have passed away. What begins as an opportunity to resurrect Champ's story and escape the shadow of his father's success becomes a personal journey as the ambitious reporter reexamines his own life and his relationship with his family.

Director:

Rod Lurie

Writers:

Michael Bortman (screenplay), Allison Burnett (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Champ
Josh Hartnett ... Erik Kernan Jr.
Kathryn Morris ... Joyce Kernan
Dakota Goyo ... Teddy Kernan
Alan Alda ... Ralph Metz
Rachel Nichols ... Polly
Teri Hatcher ... Andrea Flak
Kristen Shaw ... Perlmutter
Nick Sandow ... Marciano
David Paymer ... Whitley
Harry Lennix ... Bob Satterfield Jr.
Peter Coyote ... Ike Epstein
Ryan McDonald ... Kenny
Chris Ippolito ... Jaws
Jameson Trenholm Jameson Trenholm ... Runt
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Storyline

A young journalist comes to the aid of a homeless man who claims he is a former heavy weight title contender. Seeing a chance to redeem his struggling career, the writer's story of the champ's life raises questions about the past that will threaten all he holds dear. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Based on a true story, that was based on a lie.

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and brief language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Resgate de Um Campeão See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,667,659, 26 August 2007

Gross USA:

$3,172,573

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,243,611
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the original article in the Los Angeles Times, the gentleman who first makes the journalist question the truth of "the champ's" identity is Ernie Terrell, a heavyweight contender who is perhaps most famous for being severely beaten by Muhammad Ali, after Terrell had refused to refer to Ali by his new name at the weigh-in for their fight, instead addressing Ali by his former name of Cassius Clay. See more »

Goofs

When Erik leaves Champ at the house they were conversing in front of, Champ is shown standing on the curb as he contemplates knocking on the door of the house. Then, as Erik is driving away, he looks into his rear-view mirror, and Champ is instantly shown standing in the middle of the street instead of on the curb. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Announcer: He lost to Harold Johnson and to Nino Valdez. That win to Valdez catapulted him into the national statistics spotlight also. Charles, 32 years old, Satterfield, 30. Here's round two. 189 for Charles, 180 for Satterfield. Charles is in the white trunks.
Erik Kernan Jr.: [narrating] A writer, like a boxer, must stand alone.
Announcer: Satterfield has surprised all tonight with his right.
Erik Kernan Jr.: Having your words published, like entering a ring, puts your talent on display. And there's nowhere to hide. The truth is ...
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References Weeds (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Land of Quiet Poems
Written by Rod Lurie, Julianna Raye
Performed by Julianna Raye
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Great movie, good morals
21 January 2007 | by kenji_tsukSee all my reviews

I saw this film at the premier at Sundance. I went into the film expecting to see another typical action packed boxing movie. However, I was greatly impressed with the film, it was a lot better than I had expected. The performances by all the actors were solid. I was especially impressed with Dakota Goyo, who played Teddy, and apparently so was Josh, who commented on how easy it was for him to play his own role because of the level of talent Dakota has. Also, all three female characters played solid roles, which enhanced the depth of Josh Hartnett's character. This movie was able to provide a great story without the usual trash that's seen in many of the films we see today. This movie emphasized the importance of values and honesty which I think everyone needs to be reminded of.


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