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Grand Champion (2002)

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A boy trying to do the right thing for his family loses his closest companion and decides to do something about it in this comedy-drama for the whole family that was shot on location in Texas. Buddy (Jacob Fisher) is a young boy being raised by his single mother Hallie (Joey Lauren Adams) on a small ranch in the Lone Star state. Buddy has been taking care of a young steer he calls Hokey Pokey, and while at first the animal is more of a pet than anything else, with hard work and encouragement Buddy is able to groom Hokey Pokey into a prize-winning steer who wins the Grand Champion award at a major rodeo livestock show. Hokey Pokey is purchased for 775,000 dollars at a livestock auction, which will allow Buddy and his sister to attend college and make life at home a lot easier for his mother. But when Buddy is told that Hokey Pokey's new owner plans to turn the steer into an especially large order of barbecue, he decides he can't let his four-hoofed buddy die, and with the help of his friends he hatches a scheme to kidnap the steer. Grand Champion features cameo appearances from country music stars George Strait, Natalie Maines (of the Dixie Chicks), and Robert Earl Keen, as well as several top rodeo riders.
Rating:
G
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Kids & Family
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Cast

Emma Roberts
as Sister
Brodie Beaver
as John Lee Bloomer
George Strait
as Himself
Eloise Dejoria
as Mitzy Bloomer
Andrew Buckley
as Frank Bloomer
Larry Mahan
as Skeet
Robert Earl Keen
as Mr. Blandford's Driver
Andrea Harper
as Reporter
Natalie Maines
as Fiona/Kmoodj
Charlie Robison
as Texas Ranger
Buck Taylor
as Stock Show Announcer
Suzane Weinart
as Miss Big Texas
Cache Williams
as Edgar T. McClain
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Critic Reviews for Grand Champion

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

This low-key family drama is so hokey that its title character is named Hokey.

Full Review… | September 23, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Doesn't leave you wishing you could get your money back.

Full Review… | September 23, 2004
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

(Barry) Tubb fills the screen with wholesome, live-action family entertainment. That's a rarity these days.

October 15, 2004
San Antonio Express-News

The folks who made Grand Champion are best known for activities other than making movies. Grand Champion won't change that.

September 23, 2004
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for Grand Champion

½

Cute for a G movie. A little cheesy, but that's to be expected. I enjoyed it aside from the part where the boys were "on the run" with the steer - that was a little boring and long, but otherwise it wasn't bad.

Erin Collins
Erin Collins

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