The Champ 1979
PG | 2h 1min | Drama, Sport | 4 April 1979 (USA)
A former boxer discovers that his biggest battle of all is going to be with his ex-wife, Annie, who returns after abandoning their young son seven years prior.
I first watched this film in 1980 as a five year old with my gran and we managed to distort the credits through our tears and sobbing. I received the video about four years ago, and as a twenty-two year old it had the same effect. Last night, I watched the Champ with my girlfriend and I am happy to say that the years haven’t mellowed me and we were both in floods of tears before I switched the film off. I defy anybody who has an emotional bone in their body not to be touched by the story of Billy Flynn, and more importantly TJ. I won’t give any of the storyline away as it will make it all the better for watching if you haven’t seen it. As for me, I can’t wait until the Champ get’s it DVD release as I will be first in the queue.
“I want the Champ !”
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Writers: Frances Marion (story), Walter Newman
Stars: Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Ricky Schroder
Release Date: 4 April 1979 (USA)
Filming Locations: Florida, USA