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The Champ (1979)



Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

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Movie Info

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


Sports & Fitness, Drama

Walter Newman

Jul 9, 2002

MGM Home Entertainment

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (12) | DVD (9)

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

April 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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The tear-jerking is so determined and persistent that your ducts feel as if they'd been worked over with a catheter.

April 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A pointless update of King Vidor's '30s weepie.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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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.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

August 21, 2010 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

The original film took 85 minutes, this one 121; the extra length has not improved the story.

April 1, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Pale remake of Wally Berry classic.

January 4, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

Voight is fine as boxer on a comeback, but Ricky Schroeder steals the film. I dare you not to cry!

November 11, 2004
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

I admit it. I cried.

February 13, 2004

Seek out the 1931 King Vidor version.

August 21, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Even more of a tear-jerker than the 1931 version of the same story, there is not a dry eye on the screen.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Great performance from Jon Voight and Rick Schroeder

February 19, 2003
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)

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.
August 19, 2011
jay nixon

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A great movie! Rick Schroder coming of age in this one. Good story plot.
April 23, 2009
Leo L

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    1. Mike: What about me... I'm real too.
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