The Champ
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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 just a washed-up punching bag. This gorgeously photographed drama is a remake of the 1931… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

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"A three-alarm, three-hanky movie of the highest order, perfect for your kids who don't get to see many truly sad films."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Pale remake of Wally Berry classic."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Seek out the 1931 King Vidor version."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The tear-jerking is so determined and persistent that your ducts feel as if they'd been worked over with a catheter."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Voight is fine as boxer on a comeback, but Ricky Schroeder steals the film. I dare you not to cry!"
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Even more of a tear-jerker than the 1931 version of the same story, there is not a dry eye on the screen."
‑ , Film4
"A pointless update of King Vidor's '30s weepie."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The original film took 85 minutes, this one 121; the extra length has not improved the story."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"I admit it. I cried."
‑ Victoria Alexander,
"Great performance from Jon Voight and Rick Schroeder"
‑ Kevin Fiddler, Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)
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