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It has elements, in that respect, to "E. T." and "A. I.", but unlike those two films, this motion picture is not symbolic--it could really happen to someone. "The Champ" springs from the same well as "A Street Car Named Desire" and "Kramer vs. Kramer", it is the story of people and their passions--and how those ambitions lead them to and away from one another. To specifically review the DVD, I would strongly urge viwers NOT
to overlook the commentary feature, as John Voight and Rick Schroder give great insights to an excellent film. Speaking of Schroder, while Henry Thomas and Haley Joel Osment were and are outstanding child performers, Schroder, because he did it so well and at a younger age, has my greatest admiration. Is five stars enough?
The movie is the best intimate melodramatic tearjerker that I have ever seen. One view of this film will leave you with a lump in your throat and teary eyes, the next viewings will just leave you in plain tears. Yes, its that kind of movie that you'd see more than once and still feel engaged.
Jon Voight plays former boxer Billy Flynn who is down on his luck raising his son TJ, played by Schroder, alone after his wife, played by Dunaway, left him and the boy and went on to marry a millionaire after he falls out of his life of boxing, doctor's orders. The movie brings you close to the lives of all three of these characters, you feel their pain, their grief, and their emptiness. Billy has turned to drinking to escape the pain of not being able to return to boxing to support a family. TJ does not know his mother since she left him when he was still an infant, and still sees his deadbeat father as a hero, calling him 'champ'. Faye Dunaway's character can't seem to cope with the fact that her son has grown up believing she is dead and can only take him as a friend after bumping into him at a horserace, the horse that 'champ' bought him was competing in this race. The story begins to unfold when the three characters enter each other's lives again.
What's more beautiful about this movie is its musical score. The music is really another character in the film, and is quite breathtaking.
I highly recommend it to everyone. The DVD has a very honest and insightful audio commentary by both Voight and Schroder. Their comments actually reinforce the picture's true emotional power; and together, they recall special moments that clearly indicate to it's viewers, why this movie will always stand the test of time. You'll see why the Best Picture Oscar should have gone to this film, it earned it in every sense of the word.
When you watch this film, don't forget the Kleenex box and this is one of the films that really made me cry. I recommend this film to everyone!
What Haley Joel Osmond was to "The Sixth Sense", Rick Schroder was to "The Champ"... even more so in my opinion. Despite great performances by John Voight and Faye Dunaway, Schroder carries this film. When folks speak of how much a tear-jerker this movie is... I believe they are speaking of little Ricky's performance at the very end.. a scene which will no doubt leave anyone in tears.
This is definitely an "old school" movie... with less action than dialogue. And despite the fact that Schroder's dialogue is a little too sophisticated for an 8 year-old to give realistically, this is a fabulous movie.
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It takes me to my knees every time I see it! It is truly a classical move worthy of honors. I could see it 100 times.Published 21 days ago by TeriLynn Hardy
I did not order a VHS and attempted to return and was not able. Misled as thought it was a DVD. Who has VHS anymore????Published 1 month ago by Araceli
The Champ will steal your heart! I'm a big fan of Jon Voight movies. He's such a great character actor! This movie is so heart-warming, funny and sad. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barbie Doll
Great tear-jerker. Loved John Voight and Ricky Schroder. Still breaks my heart.Published 3 months ago by Harold Wrong
I have not watched it yet, but I can give a review because I have seen it a long time ago. If you are into older movies this is one to watch you won't be disappointed.Published 3 months ago by Joyce Moravcik
Ricky Schroder was amazing in this movie. This is a classic. I can't believe I have just now watched it for the first time!Published 3 months ago by sara e hunt