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Resurrecting the Champ

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Resurrecting the Champ

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
111 minutes
Limited Release Date:
08/24/07
performer:
Josh Hartnett, Samuel L. Jackson, Alan Alda, Teri Hatcher
director:
Rod Lurie
distributor:
Yari Film Group
author:
Michael Bortman, Allison Burnett
genre:
Drama

We gave it a D+

When a sportswriter (Josh Hartnett) stumbles upon a homeless codger (Samuel L. Jackson) who claims to be an ex-champion boxer, he thinks he’s found his career-defining story. The only problem? The bum’s got a case of the Pinocchios. Champ is based on a true story, although director Rod Lurie (The Contender) ”fictionalized it a little bit,” says Hartnett, who played an ex-fighter in last year’s The Black Dahlia. ”We made the story about the relationship between fathers and sons.” (August 3)