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Champions (1984)

The true story of Bob Champion, a British steeple chase jockey who, in the late 1970s, was diagnosed with cancer. Rather than succumb to the disease, however, Bob stages a miraculous ... See full summary »

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Valda Embiricos
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Nick Embiricos
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Mr. Griffith Jones
Ceri Jackson ...
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Francesca Brill ...
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The true story of Bob Champion, a British steeple chase jockey who, in the late 1970s, was diagnosed with cancer. Rather than succumb to the disease, however, Bob stages a miraculous recovery and goes on to win the 1981 Grand National steeple chase on the horse Aldaniti. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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20 April 1984 (USA)  »

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Bajnokok  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,262, 22 April 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$54,262, 29 April 1984
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The lucky horseshoe, given to Champion by Jo, and later carried in his boot during the Grand National, was the original one once worn by Bob Champion, who was an advisor on the film. See more »

Goofs

During the race, a riderless, grey horse with the number 45 is seen amongst the runners. No grey horse ran in the 1981 Grand National. See more »

Quotes

Richard Hussey: He offered you a ride, didn't he?
Bob Champion: Thornton, Tuesday week.
Mrs. Champion: Well it's nice to be remembered.
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Connections

Referenced in Demons (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

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Music by Carl Davis
Lyric by Norman Newell
Sung by Elaine Paige
(Deleted from general release print)
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One of the best horseracing movies ever-4 stars
21 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film years ago when it was on cable for a short time and have been looking for a copy since. This movie is one of these sports movies that will have you yelling/pounding the arm of your chair/crying by the end,(think HOOSIERS/ROCKY).The track sequences are so realistic, you'll wonder how they could do them safely. The fact that the story is true is only one of it's great strengths. John Hurt does another of his (sadly underappreciated) great performances. All in all, a movie that is worth hunting down. I'm thinking that this film and the new SEABISCUIT would be a great 1-2 pick... now if I could just find a suitable third for a parley.


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