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Champs (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Sport | 13 March 2015 (USA)
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A documentary on boxing greats Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins examines their lives in and out of the ring.


Bert Marcus


Bert Marcus





Cast overview, first billed only:
Evander Holyfield ... Self
Bernard Hopkins Bernard Hopkins ... Self
Mike Tyson ... Self
Larry 'Ratso' Sloman ... Self
Dalton Conley Dalton Conley ... Self
Naazim Richardson Naazim Richardson ... Self
John Pfaff John Pfaff ... Self
50 Cent ... Self (as Curtis Jackson)
Mary J. Blige ... Self
Lou DiBella ... Self
George Willis George Willis ... Self
Al Bernstein Al Bernstein ... Self
Francisco Aguilar Francisco Aguilar ... Self
Mark Wahlberg ... Self
Spike Lee ... Self


This epic story of the rise of three of the most successful boxers of our time challenges the perception of the American Dream through the intimately personal life trajectories of Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins and Mike Tyson. Much like modern day gladiators, our protagonists come from the bottom rungs of society, choosing the path of boxing or "the poor man's sport," as a last resort, and an alternative to much bleaker options such as prison or, worse yet, death. Following these fighters' paths from success to self-discovery, they recount their battles while illuminating our country's most critical social issues, including the struggle with poverty, racial inequality, broken homes, drug and alcohol abuse, violence and the failures of our educational and prison systems. CHAMPS unearths the unique resilience of these men in the face of life's most difficult obstacles - from personal finance to sustained brain injury - and highlights how our society and their industry exalts their ... Written by C. Hamar

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Naazim Richardson: The ultimate goal for a fighter is truth.
Naazim Richardson: If he can be truthful with himself, if he can look on his limitations then he can work on it.
Naazim Richardson: If he understands what he does well and then enhance it.
Naazim Richardson: But he has to deal in truth.
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Sports with a bit more
17 July 2017 | by danled546See all my reviews

This is a great sports film to watch and gives you more than you bargained for. I am a huge boxing fan and know almost everything about these guys, but I learned a lot that I didn't know, especially about Tyson. They had really awesome access to the main boxers that is really unusual and makes you feel like you're getting really close to these men. It's like a better produced 30 for 30 (which I love, by the way) because you learn a lot about the sport, but also get so much more.

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