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The Champ Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
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

Cast

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

Crew

Franco Zeffirelli
Director
Dyson Lovell
Producer
Walter Newman
Screenwriter
Frances Marion
Book Author
Leonard Praskins
Play Author
Fred Koenekamp
Cinematographer
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
Casting
Bob Dawn
Makeup
Frances Marion
Short Story Author
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