The Champ (1979)
A remake of the 1931 Champ, this film tells of a child who is torn between his divorced parents--a loving mother and an alcoholic ex-boxing father. Dave Grusin was awarded an Oscar for the score.
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Critic Reviews for The Champ
A three-alarm, three-hanky movie of the highest order, perfect for your kids who don't get to see many truly sad films.
The tear-jerking is so determined and persistent that your ducts feel as if they'd been worked over with a catheter.
The most offputting thing about such canny, tear-stained movies as The Champ is not their naïveté but their unholy sophistication. These movies don't mean to deal with the world as it really is, but as it should be.
Zeffirelli's inferior remake to King Vidor's 1932 classic, starring Jon Voight in the Oscar-winning role that Wallace Beery had originated, is a manipulative tear-jerking melodrama.
The original film took 85 minutes, this one 121; the extra length has not improved the story.
Pale remake of Wally Berry classic.
Voight is fine as boxer on a comeback, but Ricky Schroeder steals the film. I dare you not to cry!
I admit it. I cried.
Seek out the 1931 King Vidor version.
Even more of a tear-jerker than the 1931 version of the same story, there is not a dry eye on the screen.
Great performance from Jon Voight and Rick Schroeder
Audience Reviews for The Champ
Effective tearjerker is peopled with fine talent, some like Joan Blondell underused, but will stop at nothing to wring those tears from the audience.More
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