Resurrecting the Champ
Resurrecting the Champ

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Certificate: 12A | Released: 2007 | Duration: 1 hr 52 mins | Director: Rod Lurie | Studio: Momentum Pictures | Genres: Drama

Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Harnett turn in knockout performances in this powerful tale about fathers and sons and the power of redemption. Struggling sports reporter Erik Kernan (Josh Hartnett) encounters a homeless man who calls himself “Champ” (Samuel L. Jackson) only to determine that he is the one-time boxing champion Battling Bob Satterfield. What begins as a story about resurrecting a once-great man becomes Erik’s title shot. In his journey to uncover the truth, Erik has to re-examine his own life and his ... (Full plot summary below)

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Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Harnett turn in knockout performances in this powerful tale about fathers and sons and the power of redemption.

Struggling sports reporter Erik Kernan (Josh Hartnett) encounters a homeless man who calls himself “Champ” (Samuel L. Jackson) only to determine that he is the one-time boxing champion Battling Bob Satterfield. What begins as a story about resurrecting a once-great man becomes Erik’s title shot. In his journey to uncover the truth, Erik has to re-examine his own life and his relationship with his young son.

Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) and Josh Harnett (30 Days of Night) turn out knockout performances in this touching and inspiring tale of fathers and sons and the power of redemption based on a true story.Sportswriter Erik Kernan (Harnett) wants nothing more than to discover a story great enough to make the headlines, so when he meets Champ (Jackson), a former boxing champion living on the streets, he knows he has a shot to save them both. Recording his new-found friend's unbelievable tale of triumph and defeat, Kernan gets his story and his fame. But as Champ's tale falls under scrutinous eyes, Kernan will have to learn that what makes a story truly great is the quality of the man behind it.

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer - 6.7/10 by William Arnold It's more intelligent than most Hollywood movies you'll find in the heat of summer, and its saving grace is the quality of its acting, including Jackson's uncompromising turn as the old fighter, and delicious bits by David Paymer and Alan Alda as veteran editors.
Baltimore Sun - 6.7/10 by Michael Sragow Jackson creates a searing study in reverse nobility as a character with a battered, street-poetic presence and subtle powers of sympathy that come into play even when he appears to be a rogue.
Chicago Reader - 7.0/10 by J.R. Jones Treacle takes over in the last act, but most of this fact-based story by screenwriters Michael Bortman and Allison Burnett takes the inspirational sports drama into unexpected and morally complex territory.
Charlotte Observer - 7.5/10 by Lawrence Toppman About a guy who stood on the brink of greatness but, because of one flaw he could never overcome, had to settle for being pretty good before he faded away. Strange, then, that the movie works exactly the same way.
Premiere - 6.3/10 by Glenn Kenny This picture reminded me of one of the things I like best about "All the President's Men": It doesn't give a good godd--- about Woodward and Bernstein's personal lives.
The A.V. Club - 6.7/10 by Tasha Robinson The cast is generally excellent, but Hartnett in particular comes across as convincingly complicated, alternately reprehensible and sympathetic.
TV Guide - 6.3/10 by Maitland McDonagh Lurie's film never fully reconciles the story about newsroom ethics with the sentimental drama about bad dads and bereft sons.
Christian Science Monitor - 6.7/10 by Peter Rainer By skewing the film into a father-son inspirational saga, the filmmakers sell out the best possibilities in their material. Lurie clearly wants Resurrecting the Champ to be "more" than a sports movie, or a newspaper movie. Ironically, he ends up with less.

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