- 2 hr 2 min
The Champ is an American melodrama set around the world of boxing in the U.S.; directed by Franco Zeffirelli the movie is a remake of the Oscar winning 1931 movie of the same name. This 122 minute movie stars Jon Voight as Billy Flynn, also known as the Champ; Voight was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance as the boxer struggling to come to terms with his fading talents. The effectiveness of The Champ as a tearjerker has seen the final minutes of the movie used in various psychological studies to judge the response of test subjects to sad moments. Opening with Billy Flynn touring a series of dives to box in poor quality fights in order to gain money to fund his alcoholism and care for his son, T.J. Slowly it is revealed Billy Flynn once had the ability to be a great boxer, but allowed his chance to slip by as he slid into a world of drinking and gambling. A single parent to his son Billy also works as a less than successful horse trainer in Florida forcing him to box in order to gove his son a basic lifestyle. The cosy world of Billy Flynn is rocked when his ex-wife Annie returns to Florida seven years after leaving Billy in sole charge of T.J. Upon her return Annie explains to Billy that she wants to regain custody of T.J. as she has remarried a wealthy man and wants to improve T.J.'s lifestyle. Billy refuses to give up T.J. and decides his only chance of retaining custody of T.J. is to take his training seriously and earn a better living from boxing. As the custody battle between Billy and Annie continues Billy organizes a comeback to professional boxing and gives up drinking and gambling to focus on his training. The finale of The Champ has seen the movie described as the saddest movie of all time in the final scenes following the comeback fight.