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The Champ
The Champ
Actors: Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Rick Schroder, Jack Warden, Arthur Hill
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family
PG     2002     2hr 1min

Jon Voight plays Billy Flynn, an ex-champion boxer who was KO'd by booze and gambling. When the wealthy, estranged mother of Flynn's young son begins trying to lure the boy away from him, Flynn must return to the ring to p...  more »


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Actors: Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Rick Schroder, Jack Warden, Arthur Hill
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Creators: Fred J. Koenekamp, Michael J. Sheridan, Dyson Lovell, Frances Marion, Walter Newman
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family
Sub-Genres: Family Life, Family Films
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/09/2002
Original Release Date: 04/04/1979
Theatrical Release Date: 04/04/1979
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 2hr 1min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 16
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese

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Movie Reviews

Someone's Story
Mark Ebert | Lancaster OH | 10/16/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

""The Champ" is the story of a child caught in a situation that, like a tidal wave, tosses him in places that are at times frightening and places that he does not neccesarily want to go.
It has elements, in that respect, to "E. T." and "A. I.", but unlike those two films, this motion picture is not symbolic--it could really happen to someone. "The Champ" springs from the same well as "A Street Car Named Desire" and "Kramer vs. Kramer", it is the story of people and their passions--and how those ambitions lead them to and away from one another. To specifically review the DVD, I would strongly urge viwers NOT
to overlook the commentary feature, as John Voight and Rick Schroder give great insights to an excellent film. Speaking of Schroder, while Henry Thomas and Haley Joel Osment were and are outstanding child performers, Schroder, because he did it so well and at a younger age, has my greatest admiration. Is five stars enough?"
The one movie that still makes me cry
S. Sarhan | Dearborn, Michigan United States | 12/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Champ is an astounding motion picture directed by Franco Zeffirelli with outstanding performances by Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway and the unbelievably convincing Ricky Schroder.The movie is the best intimate melodramatic tearjerker that I have ever seen. One view of this film will leave you with a lump in your throat and teary eyes, the next viewings will just leave you in plain tears. Yes, its that kind of movie that you'd see more than once and still feel engaged. Jon Voight plays former boxer Billy Flynn who is down on his luck raising his son TJ, played by Schroder, alone after his wife, played by Dunaway, left him and the boy and went on to marry a millionaire after he falls out of his life of boxing, doctor's orders. The movie brings you close to the lives of all three of these characters, you feel their pain, their grief, and their emptiness. Billy has turned to drinking to escape the pain of not being able to return to boxing to support a family. TJ does not know his mother since she left him when he was still an infant, and still sees his deadbeat father as a hero, calling him 'champ'. Faye Dunaway's character can't seem to cope with the fact that her son has grown up believing she is dead and can only take him as a friend after bumping into him at a horserace, the horse that 'champ' bought him was competing in this race. The story begins to unfold when the three characters enter each other's lives again. What's more beautiful about this movie is its musical score. The music is really another character in the film, and is quite breathtaking.Highly RecommendedA"
A Real Tearjerker.
tallcotton6 | Sandy, UT USA | 03/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I loved this film from start to finish. I just bought the DVD from Amazon and it played all the way through, no problem. I was a little worried when I ordered it because I read the other customer's reviews and had problems with the DVD being defective. I first saw this film in 1996 when I was 11 when I missed it on TV and I rented it from the video store. I liked the part where the Champ (Jon Voight) gave T.J. (Ricky Schroder) the horse and it touched my heart. The part in scene 17 where Annie (Faye Dunaway) reveals to T.J. that she is his mother is a little disturbing. There is a little foul language in it, but other than that it is a great film for the family. When you watch this film, don't forget the Kleenex box and this is one of the films that really made me cry. I recommend this film to everyone!10/10"
Tear Jerker
tallcotton6 | 07/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was 13 when I saw this film the first time in a movie theater-I cried. I saw it again on video 15 years later and cried even harder. I've seen it several times since and guess what-I still cried. I don't whatch movies more than once but this one has something that I am drawn to. Little Ricky Schroder is adorable throughout the movie. Jon Voight and Faye Dunaway are fantastic. The overall tone of the movie is sad-unfortunately this could be any childs life. If you are aware of addiction and the behaviors that go along with it-you will ralate. Get a box of kleenex, curl up and be glad your life isn't like this."