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Story

A young Rick Schroder makes his cute-as-all-get-out film debut in this 1979 tearjerker from director Franco Zeffirelli. Jon Voight plays Billy Flynn, a former champion boxer now given to drinking, gambling, and raising his son T.J. (Schroder, billed here as Ricky) as best he can. The ups and downs of the devoted codependent pair might be enough movie on their own, but soon enough Annie (Faye Dunaway) shows up and displays a strangely protective interest in T.J. Though the plot jumps around too much to quite hold together, The Champ is certainly affecting, and all three leads take the film so earnestly that somehow it works. Voight is believable both as a boxer and as a well-intentioned screwup of a dad, and Schroder is a fine young actor (and irresistibly adorable). Special DVD features include audio commentary from Jon Voight and Rick Schroder and the documentary Behind the Scenes with the Champ. --Ali Davis

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Jon VoightBilly
Faye DunawayAnnie
Ricky SchroderT.J.
Jack WardenJackie
Strother MartinRiley
Joan BlondellDolly Kenyon
Mary Jo CatlettJosie
Elisha Cook Jr.Georgie
Stefan GieraschCharlie Goodman
Allan MillerWhitey
Randall 'Tex' CobbBowers

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Franco Zeffirelli
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 121 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 4, 1979
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 9, 2002
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