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The Champ Details


Billy (Jon Voight) is on the road with his son T.J. (Ricky Schroder), fighting low-end boxing matches for drinking money before moving on to the next town for another match. When his ex-wife (and T.J.'s mother) Annie (Faye Dunaway) shows up, it's to tell him that she wants custody of the boy. She has remarried and has risen to social prominence in her community. She wants the same for T.J. Determined to keep his son with him, Billy decides to train properly in order to be a success instead of just a washed-up punching bag. This gorgeously photographed drama is a remake of the 1931 film, which won its star Wallace Beery an Oscar. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

  • Release date:March 20, 1979


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dave Grusin Best Original Score 1979 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jon Voight Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1979 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Rick Schroder New Star of the Year - Male 1979 Winner


Jon Voight
as Billy Flynn
Faye Dunaway
as Annie
Rick Schroder
as T.J. Flynn
Jack Warden
as Jackie
Strother Martin
as Riley
Arthur Hill
as Mike
Joan Blondell
as Dolly Kenyon
Mary Jo Catlett
as Josie
Elisha Cook, Jr.
as Georgie
Randall "Tex" Cobb
as Bowers
Kristoff St. John
as Sonny
Dorothy Strelsin
as Dolly's Guest
Dana Elcar
as Hoffmaster
Bill Baldwin
as Race Track Announcer
Wally Rose
as Bowers' Manager
Jeff Temkin
as Ring Announcer
Jodie Wilson
as Mrs. Riley
Sonny Shields
as Bowers' Handler #1
Jeff Blum
as Jeffie
Shirlee Kong
as Donna Mae
Stefan Gierasch
as Charlie Goodman
Larry Duran
as Bowers' Handler #2
Ernesto Morelli
as Bar Patron
Ken Wahl
Bob Gordon
as TV Reporter
William Fuller
as Steward
Gina Gallego
as Cuban Girl


Franco Zeffirelli
Dyson Lovell
Walter Newman
Frances Marion
Book Author
Leonard Praskins
Play Author
Fred Koenekamp
Dave Grusin
Composer (Music Score)
Herman A. Blumenthal
Production Designer
Martha Johnston
Set Designer
Aaron Rochin
Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Jost
Sound/Sound Designer
Joyce Robinson
Bob Dawn
Frances Marion
Short Story Author