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Resurrecting The Champ

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When a struggling sports writer with dreams of big-time stories rescues a homeless man from an attack by a gang of street thugs, he unwittingly finds himself with a one-time boxing legend believed to be dead. Discovering Bob "The Champ" Satterfield is actually alive could be the story of a lifetime and the title shot the young journalist has been waiting for. What begins as an opportunity to bring back to life the memory of a boxing great turns into an incredible journey and a chance for the ambitious reporter to examine his own life and relationship with his family. Inspired by the 1997 Los Angeles Times Magazine article written by J.R. Moehringer and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Rod Lurie.


Loosely based on a Los Angeles Times Magazine story by J.R. Moehringer, Resurrecting the Champ is a heartfelt, thematically ambitious drama that attempts to work on several levels, and mostly pulls it off. On one level it's the story of a sloppy journalist named Erik Kernan (Josh Hartnett) who learns a painful lesson in humility when he's forced to confront his own shortcomings as a father and a sportswriter. On another level it's a richly human tale of redemption between the flawed reporter who's desperate to match his late father's professional reputation, and a former boxing champion (Samuel L. Jackson) who's now a homeless drifter on the streets of Denver, Colorado. When Kernan seizes on "The Champ" as the kind of personal, humanitarian story that could give him a much-needed career boost, he falls into the trap of his own ambition, making a professional mistake that threatens to ruin his career forever. While attempting to impress his 6-year-old son (Dakota Goyo) and win back the respect of his estranged wife (Kathryn Morris, from TV's Cold Case), Kernan is groomed for celebrity by a sexy Showtime executive (Teri Hatcher), but must ultimately get his values and priorities in order. Resurrecting the Champ emerges as a surprisingly thought-provoking study of professional and personal ethics, with some equally compelling observations about the modern state of journalism-as-show-business. Directed with a delicately sentimental touch by former film critic Rod Lurie (The Contender, The Last Castle), Resurrecting the Champ lacks the sharp focus that could've made it a modest classic, but it's a welcome relief from the mindless mayhem of big-studio blockbusters. Lurie's careful handling of the material is blessed by excellent performances by Hartnett and Jackson, with stellar support from Morris, Alan Alda, David Paymer, and especially Peter Coyote, almost unrecognizable under old-age makeup as a veteran boxing reporter who sets Hartnett's character on the road to redemption. --Jeff Shannon

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  • Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Kathryn Morris, Dakota Goyo, Alan Alda
  • Directors: Rod Lurie
  • Writers: Allison Burnett, J.R. Moehringer, Michael Bortman
  • Producers: Arnold Messer, Bob Yari, Brad Fischer, Frederick Zollo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2012
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YDMPC4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,298 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Resurrecting The Champ" on IMDb

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But it Never ceases to amaze me why some people who review such films, have to spoil it for those who Haven't had a chance to see it? Any film that has Samuel Jackson, and Alan Alda in it? Im there. It was "Everything and More" than i Expected. A very moving, emotional film..that hits home in so many ways. If Jackson is Not nominated for an Academy Award? Something is wrong. One of his Most compelling, and heartfelt performances, ive ever seen. If you're looking for a movie that will hold your attention, and tell such a valuable story? This is One i highly recommend.

Why one review had to have a problem with an actor's hairstyle? Is way beyond me, its the last thing on my list, regarding a very important movie that should not be missed.
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A movie about a down-and-almost-out boxer that FOR ONCE doesn't blast the entire sport of boxing. That alone could have made this film a masterpiece (or at least one of a kind). Anyone with a passion for the sweet Science will find this film well worth watching, as will anyone who seeks a drama that doesn't bore the viewer with the typical Hollywood schtick. Jackson steals his own film. You will hang on every line. Highly recommended!
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This is a fine little movie but rather a story about a journalist and an ex-boxer.
It was not quite I expected but ended up with even a better one and a suprised story.
It has all the things in life, making mistake, forgiveness, love, ashame, redemption,reunion with the lover ext.

The story is about Josh Hartnett a journalist who is in trouble having separated with his wife, not writing good stories for his newspaper for awhile.
He had a chance one day by meeting this guy on the street(Samuel L. Jackson) . It seems that he was a forgottened ex- champion who is now living on the street.
By the time when he first meet this guy, he was seriously bitten up by a bunch of guys.
He decided to write a story about that ex-champ.
When he saw the TV fighting resource, he even confirmed that the champ has a scar on his chest which this guy on the street has exactly the same one too.
Then he wrote the story which happens to be a huge success. He even appears on TV.

But then again, he found out that he made a huge mistake.
The guy on the street was not the champ. He was the other guy on the fight with the champ who was knocked out at the second round.
By that time, the champ's son and the trainer came and tell the reporter Josh Hartnett that they will sue him.
Now he is in a big touble not only because he will be sued but because he was seriously damaged his career.
Even when he appeared in his son's lectue, all of his friends laughed at him.

But he's got a second chance by the champ's son and his family. They asked him to write another article.
By that time the fake champ one day was drunk and again was about to punched by this guy again. But this time he had this fighting instinct back and beat him back.
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The one thing that drove me crazy in this movie was Josh Harnett's hair. I hate to sound like Grandpa Simpson, but "Get a haircut punk!" I suppose the act of moving his bangs out of his eyes every five seconds gives him chic points and street cred, but I found it distracting. Having said that, this is an excellent movie. There are many things to take from this movie, and I hate to take anyone's enjoyment away from the movie by revealing my perspective on it, but the father/son theme rang hard in my head throughout the movie. Samuel L. Jackson is, of course, brilliant. He doesn't even have to scream the patented Jackson scream in this movie to bring you on board. The thing about this movie that separated it from 99% of the movies of 2007 was the fact that it was a brilliant story first and a great movie second. I am sure I will receive some derision for saying this but, I did not see the plot twist coming. The reviewer said there was some problem with the pace of this movie. I thought it was perfect. I enjoyed the subtle morsel I was provided. Step by step, aspects of the plot are revealed. The characters are methodically revealed through repetition and revelation. With technology and the enhancements of the craft that have been learned through trial and error, most movies move along at a clip that can be dizzying at times. Resurrection takes its time and develops the plot and the characters and by the time the ending rolls around you receive the payoff. As a story teller, I found myself so exciting by the continuity of the conclusion I nearly leapt out of my seat screaming: "YES! That is it!" Unfortunately, it appears this little gem was drowned out by the big budget blockbusters that weren't half the movie this one was. Behind the movie Breech, I think this was the second best movie of 2007.
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While only the true diehard boxing fan is likely to be familiar with Bob Satterfield, the thunderous-punching, small heavyweight of the 1950's who missed being heavyweight champion by a hair's breadth, the movie actually has almost nothing to do with the great fighter. At first glance virtually everyone contemplating watching this movie, myself included, has already imagined this movie from beginning to end before popping it in their DVD player, certain that they are about to watch the gripping saga of a talented sports hero/celebrity reduced to the inexcusable ravages of homelessness, yet another lesson on the intolerance of our society for those it perceives as "failures" generally and of the disabled specifically. You are prepared, no doubt, to witness the heart-tugging saga of a poor soul whose brain (and/or body) has been debilitated by too many punches, and the heartless society that kicks him when he is down because they never had the courage to do so when he was in his prime. Well, that IS a great story, and is an unfortunate true story for many ex-boxers (see Sam Langford, one of the greatest fighters of all time, e.g.), but that is not this story.

The fortunate viewer is treated instead to a story about the complexity and relativity of success and failure, contrasting an admixture of various failures and successes and the complete lack of a nexus between material reward for true success, and the punishment of destitution for true failure. The movie graphically shows the difficulty, and often, injustice, of applying such absolute final judgments as "success" and "failure" to an entire life, and how success/failure are in constant flux along the failure/success spectrum, not fixed finalities.

This is Samuel L. Jackson's best performance.
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