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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 »

Director:

John Irvin

Writers:

Bob Champion (book), Jonathan Powell (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hurt ... Bob Champion
Gregory Jones Gregory Jones ... Peter
Mick Dillon ... Snowy
Ann Bell ... Valda Embiricos
Jan Francis ... Jo Beswick
Peter Barkworth ... Nick Embiricos
Edward Woodward ... Josh Gifford
Ben Johnson ... Burly Cocks
Kirstie Alley ... Barbara
Alison Steadman ... Mary Hussey
Jonathan Newth ... Mr. Griffith Jones
Ceri Jackson Ceri Jackson ... 1st Nurse
Francesca Brill Francesca Brill ... 2nd Nurse
Andrew Wilde ... Graham
Judy Parfitt ... Dr. Merrow
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Storyline

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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A true story [International]


Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bajnokok See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The lucky horseshoe, given to Champion (Sir John Hurt) by Jo (Jan Francis), and later carried in his boot during the Grand National, was the original one once worn by Bob Champion, who was an advisor on this movie. 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

Bob Champion: When I was ill, they told me, because of the drugs and all that, they told me I might never be able to father a child. Do you think you could live with that?
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Alternate Versions

ABC edited 20 minutes from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Demons (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Sometimes
Music by Carl Davis
Lyric by Norman Newell
Sung by Elaine Paige
(Deleted from general release print)
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The most amazing story from the most amazing race
4 June 2001 | by nornironSee all my reviews

I've been to Aintree every year since 1977. I've seen Red Rum score an unbelievable third win, I've seen a National declared void after two false starts, a bomb scare stop the race and a pile up that left just two horses in the race. I've seen champion jockies try year after year to win and never even complete the course while a fifty-six year old grandmother gets round to finish fifth. This though is THE story. Bob Champion was finished as a jockey. His only fight should have been for his life. Aldaniti was finished as a race horse. Yet these two combined to make the impossible happen. John Hurt was perfect as Champion. I'm privileged to say that I was there to see this amazing climax to an amazing story.


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