The Champ

The Champ (1979)

The more you love... the harder you fight.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1979-07-07
  • User Rating: 7/10 from 180 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 1min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Franco Zeffirelli
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Billy used to be a great boxer, but he's settled into a hardscrabble life that revolves around drinking, training horses, and the one bright spot in his existence — his young son, T.J. Although Billy has had custody of T.J. since his wife, Annie, left the family years ago, her return prompts a new struggle for the former fighter. Determined to hold on to his son, Billy gets back into the ring to try and recapture his past success.

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  • Jon Voight

    as Billy
  • Faye Dunaway

    as Annie
  • Ricky Schroder

    as T.J.
  • 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
  • Stefan Gierasch

    as Charlie Goodman
  • Allan Miller

    as Whitey
  • Jeff Blum

    as Jeffie
  • Dana Elcar

    as Hoffmaster
  • Randall "Tex" Cobb

    as Bowers
  • Kristoff St. John

    as Sonny
  • Gina Gallego

    as Cuban Girl
  • Jody Wilson

    as Mrs. Riley
  • Reginal M. Toussaint

    as Groom
  • Bob Gordon

    as TV Reporter
  • Gene Picchi

    as Dolly's Trainer
  • Anne Logan

    as Horse Owner
  • Bill Baldwin

    as Race Track Announcer
  • Rita Turner

    as Lady at the Rail
  • Dorothy Streisin

    as Dolly's Guest
  • Lionel Dozier

    as Hot Walker
  • Charles W. Camac

    as Head Starter
  • David Peden

    as Ship's Captain
  • William Fuller

    as Steward
  • Vanna Salviati

    as Pitch Lady
  • Maurice Pete Mitchell

    as Gambler
  • Ernesto Molinari

    as Bar Patron
  • Robert Sutton

    as Second Gambler
  • Philip Tuersky

    as Bartender
  • Micki Varro

    as Nikki
  • Geoff Marlowe

    as Security Guard
  • George Stidham

    as Exercise Rider
  • Willie White

    as Willie
  • Curtis Jackson

    as Sparring Partner
  • Wally Rose

    as Bowers' Manager
  • Dick Young

    as Referee
  • Sonny Shields

    as Bowers' Handler #1
  • Larry Duran

    as Bowers' Handler #2
  • Lars Hensen

    as Ring Doctor
  • Jeff Temkin

    as Ring Announcer
  • Joe Tornatore

    as Hesh
Directing Franco Zeffirelli Director
Writing Walter Newman Writer
Sound Dave Grusin Original Music Composer
Camera Fred J. Koenekamp Director of Photography
Editing Michael J. Sheridan Editor
Production Dyson Lovell Producer
Camera Mike Benson Camera Operator
Crew Don Morgan Unit Publicist
Camera Steve Wever Still Photographer
Camera Elliott Marks Still Photographer
Editing Richard Lane Assistant Editor
Editing Eric A. Sears Assistant Editor
Sound Jerry Jost Sound
Sound William L. McCaughey Sound
Sound Aaron Rochin Sound
Sound Michael J. Kohut Sound
Directing Doris Grau Script Supervisor
Production Sam Christensen Casting
Production Joyce Agu Casting
Art James W. Payne Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Lee Harman Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Robert Dawn Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Michael Corsentino Hairstylist
Sound Harry V. Lojewski Music Supervisor
Sound John Riordan Sound Editor
Sound Joe Tuley Music Editor
Costume & Make-Up Theoni V. Aldredge Costume Design
Directing David Silver Assistant Director
Production Maurice Vaccarino Unit Production Manager
Art Herman A. Blumenthal Production Design
Art Rich Valesko Property Master
Writing Frances Marion Story
Crew Fred Scheiwiller Stunts
Crew Paul Baxley Stunt Coordinator
Crew Tom Steele Stunts
Crew Jerry Summers Stunts