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The Champ

The Champ (1931)

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Critic Reviews: 2
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Wallace Beery won an Academy Award for his tour de force performance as a washed-up boxer. The bibulous Beery travels from one tank-town bout to another in the company of his faithful son Jackie Cooper and his stuttering manager Roscoe Ates. Hoping for a comeback in Tijuana, Beery is approached by his ex-wife Irene Rich, now married to wealthy Hale Hamilton. Rich convinces Beery that Cooper would be better off with her. Feigning brusqueness, Beery orders his son to get lost, hoping that the kid

Unrated,

Drama, Kids & Family, Classics

Frances Marion, Leonard Praskins

Jan 31, 2006

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This picture is a further example of clever acting saving the day, for there is little in this narrative of horse racing and pugilistic bouts that possesses much akin to originality.

January 31, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A good picture, almost entirely by virtue of an inspired performance by a boy, Jackie Cooper.

January 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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A film with a lot of heart, unafraid to bare its emotions.

January 31, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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The film is so dated that it creaks.

February 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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King Vidor's first (and still best) version of this sentimental saga is worth seeing for the performances of Wallace Beery (who won the Oscar) as down-on-his-luck prizefigher as terrific child actor Jackie Cooper as his son.

February 13, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Beery, a former vaudeville comedian and cross-dresser, is an expert at physical comedy: his drunk act isn't very realistic, but it's fun to watch.

May 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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Audience Reviews for The Champ

I've read other reviews that have called this sentimental and sappy. I guess I enjoy that on occasion. I identified with Beery's character trying to get by, struggling to improve himself. I also like performances by children who are precocious enough to show innocence at times, but mostly have a toughness and worldliness to match their adult co-stars.
October 18, 2007
hypathio7

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A grittier version than the crappolo that they made in the seventies. This story probably played itself out many times among the down and out with similar tragic results.
October 31, 2007
John Ballantine

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