The Champ

Synopsis: Billy Flynn, a former boxing champion, is now horse trainer in Hialeah. He makes just enough money to raise his little boy T.J., over whom he got custody after his wife Annie left him seven years ago. T.J. worships The Champ who is now working on his come-back in order to give his boy a better future. But suddenly Annie shows up again ...
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): Franco Zeffirelli
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min

-How's the hip? | -Oh, it's fine.

-I'll teach you how to ride, Shirley. | -I started when I was 8.

No, I'm talking horses here, Shirley.

Don't worry, I'll make a couple of trips.

Hey, Ramn. Take him in. He'll win.

Oh, boy.

Now, where's my girlfriend?

Where's my girlfriend? | Here's my girlfriend.

How are you doing, beautiful lady?. | Beautiful Lady, I love you.

Now let me see those legs, now. | You've got great legs, honey.

Yeah, great legs. You're in great shape.

Settle down, big boy. What are you doing?

Easy, nicee and easy.

-Good morning, Billy. How's it going? | -Good morning, Carmine.

Hey, Josie, my posy, listen. | Could you help me out?

Coverfor me this afternoon, | I have some business to do.

Sure. You're going to see Goodman?

I don't know. Maybe, | but keep it under your hat, will you?

Bless you.

You're going to do it, Champ? | You're going to really do it?

We're gonna have to keep on it.

We'll go down and listen to this guy, | and if he makes any sense....

We'll listen to him. | If he makes any sense we'll consider.

-Right, T.J.? | -Right, Champ.

The Champ's going to do it!

What's the excitement, T.J.?

Charlie Goodman. He wants the Champ. | The Champ w'I fight again.

-Charlie Goodman? | -Charlie Goodman.

There's nothing. | You're listening to my kid?

-Do you want to fight again? | -I didn't say nothing.

What are you getting me in trouble for?.

-Good luck, Billy. | -Good luck nothing. I didn't say nothing.

Why did you say that to him?

Billy, slow down.

If you feel like going in the ring again, | maybe you shoud, but be caareful.

You're 37. | Last time you fought you were 30.

Jersey Joe Walcott fought | the Heavyweight World Championship...

-...when he was 37 years old. | -I know.

Archie Moore was 50. | Nobody knows how old he was.

I know that, too.

But neither of those guys | Laid off for seven years.

Good morning.

-Hey, Jimmy. | -Hey.

$1,200 I made off you | in that Johnny Ward fight.

Doubled up on the hooks, | caught him in the eighth.

You were Beautiful, Billy. I remember | watching your fights and saying to myself:

"My God, this kid has got such talent."

I figure you hold the title | forfive more years...

..but you have one bad fight, | Lose it and you walk away.

I got to go, Mr. Riley.

Good luck, Bily.

Come on, let's go! | What's the holdup here?

Let's go, let's go! | Come on, come on, keep coming.

-Where have you been? | -I forgot to get something for you.

-What have you got in the box? | -I'I show you later.

Do you like it?

Yeah, I like it.

I like it very much.

-It's for your comeback. | -Comeback?

-Comeback's for has-beens, right?. | -Right, Champ.

All right, | Let's get this show on the road here.

-Yeah, baby, no kidding? | -No.

Wait, hold on.

Hi, Bily.

That's Billy Flynn.

Billy Flynn. Yeah. | I've seen him. That's him.

Come on, you got him! Up! Up!

Pick it up, Donny! | Pick it up, for Christ's sakes!

What have I got here, | a fighter or a piece of meat?.

I said jump, move! I mean it! | You're not showing me nothing!

Watch your hands. | You look like a bum out there.

Goddamn it! Get the hell out of here! | Get out of there! You're no fighter!

What's the matter, fatso? | What do you expect?

Get out there and punch. Get out there.

Move. Get him.

Get your hands up, Ernie. | Getyour hands up!

Move! Hit him! He's wide open! | What are you doing?

Move in on him! Hit him.



-It's good to see you. | -It's so nice to see you, Georgie.

I got something to show you. | I saved this for you for seven years.

Your gloves. The gloves of a champion.

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Frances Marion

Frances Marion (born Marion Benson Owens, November 18, 1888 – May 12, 1973) was an American journalist, author, film director and screenwriter often cited as the most renowned female screenwriter of the 20th century alongside June Mathis and Anita Loos. She was the first writer to win two Academy Awards. more…

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