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The Champ (1979) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Ricky Schroder

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This very sentimental film is a remake of the popular 1931 original. Jon Voight plays Billy, an ex-boxing champion who now makes a small living training horses in Florida. Billy has custody of his young son, T.J. to whom he is devoted, even though he doesn't bring him up in a conventional family unit. T.J. is happy, however, spending time with his father whom he adores and his father's friends who are all fond of him. Billy has custody because his wife, Annie (Faye Dunaway) walked out on him and T.J. seven years before. T.J. is played by child star, Ricky Schroder and is a very cute, likable kid.

Billy is in debt, so decides to make his boxing comeback. He hopes he can earn enough money to give T.J. a better life. They go on the road, and Billy manages to get some boxing bouts. However, their lives are turned upside down when Annie appears and says she wants to take custody back. Having remarried, she is now quite well off. Billy throws himself into a proper regime of training, to keep T.J. and earn his respect. T.J. spends some time with Annie, and she showers him with expensive gifts that Billy can't compete with, until Billy buys him a pony. Billy is resentful that he'd cared for T.J. all these years and she just shows up wanting to be a parent again. The movie ends with Billy as one half of a good boxing billing, but his opponent is formidable. Billy wins in the end and everyone in the dressing room, including T.J., is delighted. But his win comes at a price, and Billy dies. In a heartbreaking scene, T.J. is inconsolable.
Best part of story, including ending: I like the bond between father and son

Best scene in story: The final scene when T.J. tries to wake his dad up, knowing he's really passed on

Opinion about the main character: I like his devotion to his son

The review of this Movie prepared by Anne Iredale a Level 2 American Robin scholar





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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Family, loving    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   son Kind of sports story:    -   boxing Sports story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   athlete Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths

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