The Champ (1979)
Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 20
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Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4
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Billy (Jon Voight) is on the road with his son T.J. (Ricky Schroder), fighting low-end boxing matches for drinking money before moving on to the next town for another match. When his ex-wife (and T.J.'s mother) Annie (Faye Dunaway) shows up, it's to tell him that she wants custody of the boy. She has remarried and has risen to social prominence in her community. She wants the same for T.J. Determined to keep his son with him, Billy decides to train properly in order to be a success instead of
Mar 20, 1979 Wide
Jul 9, 2002
MGM Home Entertainment
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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 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.
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
- Mike: You know what you are? A pain in the ass? That's right... A pain in the ass!
- T.J. Flynn: I want Champ! I want Champ!
- Mike: What about me... I'm real too.
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