The Champ
The Champ (1979)

Director Franco Zeffirelli (Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet) trades in his puffy shirts for boxing gloves in this 1979 re-make of the Wallace Berry/Jackie Cooper classic. Jon Voight plays Billy Flynn, a down-on-his-luck boxer who is working as a… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 20, 1979
DVD Release Date: July 9, 2002
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Booth
Denver Post

A three-alarm, three-hanky movie of the highest order, perfect for your kids who don't get to see many truly sad films.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Pale remake of Wally Berry classic.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The tear-jerking is so determined and persistent that your ducts feel as if they'd been worked over with a catheter.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Voight is fine as boxer on a comeback, but Ricky Schroeder steals the film. I dare you not to cry!

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A pointless update of King Vidor's '30s weepie.

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TV Guide

The original film took 85 minutes, this one 121; the extra length has not improved the story.

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Victoria Alexander

I admit it. I cried.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Effective tearjerker is peopled with fine talent, some like Joan Blondell underused, but will stop at nothing to wring those tears from the audience.
Leigh Ryan
Good movie.
Leo L
A great movie! Rick Schroder coming of age in this one. Good story plot.