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An unscrupulous boxer fights his way to the top, but eventually alienates all of the people who helped him on the way up. Unlike Charlie (John Garfield) in Body and Soul, Midge (Kirk Douglas) is not the basic good guy corrupted by the sweet science and led astray by evil managers and promoters, his arrogance and stubbornness make him at once a villain and a hero. Considered by most as one of the greatest boxing films ever made - nominated for six Academy Awardsr including Best Actor (Douglas) and winner of the Best Film Editing Oscarr. The stellar cast includes Arthur Kennedy in his Oscarr nominated performance, Marilyn Maxwell, Paul Stewart and Ruth Roman. Two of the film's best features are the terrific black-and-white Oscarr nominated cinematography by Franz Planer and the Oscarr nominated score by the legendary Dimitri Tiomkin. Written by the great Carl Forman (High Noon) and directed by Mark Robson (The Harder They Fall).
Excellent film for its time. Great performance by Kirk Douglas. BTW - during the film when he tells his girlfriend the address where she can find his wife, it's the street... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Michael Falco
One of the best films to come out of Hollywood in the 40s. Not about boxing really. More about the drive to "be somebody," what that means, and where it can lead. Read morePublished 1 month ago by librich
The Champion is one of the classic fight movies, if only because it stars Kirk Douglas as the lead role and for no other reason. Read morePublished 4 months ago by William Cummings
I enjoyed it, but it is not one of Kirk Douglas' finest works.Published 5 months ago by P. LUCCHESI