Resurrecting the Champ

August 24th, 2007


Resurrecting the Champ

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Up-and-coming sports reporter rescues a homeless man ("Champ") only to discover that he is, in fact, a boxing legend believed to have passed away. What begins as an opportunity to resurrect Champ's story and escape the shadow of his father's success becomes a personal journey as the ambitious reporter reexamines his own life and his relationship with his family.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 6.8/10 (10,368 voted)

Critic's Score: 55/100

Director: Rod Lurie

Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Kathryn Morris

A young journalist comes to the aid of a homeless man who claims he is a former heavy weight title contender. Seeing a chance to redeem his struggling career, the writer's story of the champ's life raises questions about the past that will threaten all he holds dear.

Writers: Michael Bortman, Allison Burnett

Samuel L. Jackson - Champ
Josh Hartnett - Erik Kernan Jr.
Kathryn Morris - Joyce Kernan
Dakota Goyo - Teddy Kernan
Alan Alda - Ralph Metz
Rachel Nichols - Polly
Teri Hatcher - Andrea Flak
Kristen Shaw - Perlmutter
Nick Sandow - Marciano
David Paymer - Whitley
Harry Lennix - Bob Satterfield Jr.
Peter Coyote - Ike Epstein
Ryan Mcdonald - Kenny
Chris Ippolito - Jaws
Jameson Trenholm - Runt

Taglines: Based on a true story, that was based on a lie.


Official Website: Focus Filmes [Brazil] | Yari Film Group Releasing [United States] |

Release Date: 24 August 2007

Filming Locations: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $1,659,756 (USA) (26 August 2007) (1605 Screens)

Gross: $3,169,424 (USA) (23 September 2007)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The story was inspired by the article "Resurrecting the Champ" by J.R. Moehringer which appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine in 1997; although the article indeed purportedly focused on Bob Satterfield, there are various other differences with the true story. Moehringer had no children, and his father was not well-known though he did abandon his family when the writer was an infant.

Continuity: When Erik leaves Champ at the house they were conversing in front of, Champ is shown standing on the curb as he contemplates knocking on the door of the house. Then, as Erik is driving away, he looks into his rear-view mirror, and Champ is instantly shown standing in the middle of the street instead of on the curb.

Erik Kernan Jr.: [about Champ] He's not a bum. He's homeless.
Ralph Metz: [after a pause] No, he's a bum.

User Review

An Amazing Experience!

Rating: 10/10

I saw this movie recently at a screening. Everybody's already talked about the plot so I don't need to get into those details. What I think this movie will be known for is its performances (more on that in a second...), and its how uplifting it is. You leave the movie feeling great and for reasons that I will not get into, it makes you want to call your dad and tell him how much you love him (or your son). A lot of people will talk about Samuel L. Jackson's portrayal of the worn-out boxer, but the true revelation of the film is the acting of Josh Hartnett, who I have never thought could be so believable or appealing. He has always been just kind of a pretty boy, really. But here, he plays a father, a husband, a journalist, and according to Aristotle's definition, a classic "Tragic Hero." He desires to impress his son to the degree that he sometimes bends the truth a bit too often...which ultimately annihilates his relationship with his son. The child, Teddy, is played by a kid named Dakota Goyo, who will become a big star. Teri Hatcher's cameo brought humor to the film when needed. If I had a criticism, it is that the film might be a tiny bit lengthy; however, every moment of the film was well-done. I wouldn't know how to make it shorter. I highly recommend this movie to everyone.


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