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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrea Flak
Ike Epstein
Jameson Trenholm ...


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


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


Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 August 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Resgate de Um Campeão  »

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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,659,756, 24 August 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,172,573, 20 July 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,242,427, 20 July 2012
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The story was inspired by the article "Resurrecting the Champ" by J.R. Moehringer, which appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine in 1997; although the article indeed purportedly focused on Bob Satterfield, there are various other differences with the true story. Moehringer had no children, and his father was not well-known, though he did abandon his family, when the writer was an infant. See more »


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 »


[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 »


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User Reviews

I actually knew the Champ
20 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

Hi, today I was reading the Los Angeles Times magazine and saw a full page ad on the movie. I said to myself, "that looks like the Champ, I knew". I looked at the website for the movie and found that it in fact was about "Bobby Satterfield" the Champ I knew. A little about myself that will tell you that the story is true. I was a Police Officer in Santa Ana, CA for 25 yrs and worked the area that the Champ lived in. I have not seen the movie in that it is due out on Friday, but have read the article and still have a copy of it, that was in the L.A. Times. All of us cops knew the Champ as Bobby Satterfield and knew no different until the article about him came out in the paper. The Champ was truly a homeless person even though he had an ex-wife that lived on Polplar St in Santa Ana. The Champ was a kind person who had a shopping cart(a Santa Ana Winnebago) that he kept all sorts of junk in. He was no harm unless he was drunk and then could become very aggressive. He would go to liquor stores with a little broom and sweep up and pick up around the store, and probably get a beer for it. I always got along well with the Champ and always said Hi to him and sometimes even gave him a few bucks(he never panhandled me or asked). I do know that he had some pretty good fights with some of my cohorts when he was drunk however. I hope that he got a few bucks out of this film(I don't even know if he is still alive, I retired 6 yrs ago and he was looking aged then). I can not wait to see the movie. I am not sure how or what they portray him as, but the basic facts are true. I can always be contacted if you desire. Enjoy

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