The Champ (1979)



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Movie Info

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.

Rating: PG
Genre: Sports & Fitness, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Walter Newman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 9, 2002
MGM Home Entertainment


as Jackie

as Dolly Kenyan

as Charlie Goodman

as Donna Mae

as Jeffie

as Hoffmaster

as Cuban Girl

as Mrs. Riley

as TV Reporter

as Mrs. Riley

as Dolly's Trainer

as Race Track Announcer

as Lady at the Rail

as Dolly's Guest

as Hot Walker

as Head Starter

as Ship's Captain

as Pitch Lady

as Bar Patron

as Second Gambler

as Bartender

as Security Guard

as Exercise Rider

as Sparring Partner

as Bowers' Manager

as Referee

as Bowers' Handler #1

as Bowers' Handler #2

as Ring Doctor

as Ring Announcer

as Boxer Corner Man

as Timekeeper
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Critic Reviews for The Champ

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6)

A three-alarm, three-hanky movie of the highest order, perfect for your kids who don't get to see many truly sad films.

Full Review… | April 1, 2007
Denver Post
Top Critic

The tear-jerking is so determined and persistent that your ducts feel as if they'd been worked over with a catheter.

Full Review… | April 1, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A pointless update of King Vidor's '30s weepie.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The most offputting thing about such canny, tear-stained movies as The Champ is not their na´vetÚ but their unholy sophistication. These movies don't mean to deal with the world as it really is, but as it should be.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | August 24, 2007
Christian Science Monitor
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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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.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Good movie.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer


A great movie! Rick Schroder coming of age in this one. Good story plot.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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