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The Champ

The Champ
The Champ
The Champ
  • PG
  • 2h 1m
  • 1979
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Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway and Ricky Schroeder star in this story of the love between a father and his son...and the woman who tries to separate them. Billy Flynn (Academy Award winner Voight--Ali, Coming Home), who used to be a champion boxer, barely earns enough money to keep himself and his boy (Rick Schroeder--"Lonesome Dove," "NYPD Blue") alive when his ex-wife, Annie (Academy Award winner Dunaway--Network, Chinatown) returns. She has remarried and become successful--and she wants custody of their child. Now to keep the son who adores him, Flynn must train, fight and find it within himself to once again become The Champ.
© 1979 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Emotional family drama has alcohol, gambling, violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Champ is a moving 1979 family drama about a former boxer and single father who struggles with an addiction to alcohol and gambling. Jon Voight plays Billy, who brought up eight-year-old T.J. (Ricky Schroder) on his own. He drinks to excess and in one scene steals from T.J.'s money box. He cares deeply about his son but often makes poor choices. T.J. has to look after his father when he's drunk and the movie doesn't shy from the sadness of the situation. When T.J.'s estranged mother, Annie (Faye Dunaway), returns, Billy struggles further and vows to return to the ring. The movie features realistic boxing with bloody wounds and fatal consequences. Outside the ring, a realistic street brawl turns chaotic, Billy slaps his son, and grabs and shoves Annie. Infrequent language includes "bulls--t" and "ass." Billy is shown getting drunk and gambling, turning to these at times of stress, which lead to negative consequences. The movie is a remake of the 1931 movie of the same name.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:April 1, 1979
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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