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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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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,262, 22 April 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$54,262, 29 April 1984
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Trivia

The Grand National climax combines filmed footage with real footage of the 1983 Grand National. This real footage shows Royal Mail, the horse that finished third to Aldaniti, falling at Becher's Brook. See more »

Goofs

The tiny silver horseshoe 'lucky charm' was not given to Bob Champion by Jo Beswick when she visited him in hospital. It was sent to him by a couple from Cheltenham, with instructions that he should carry it in the race. See more »

Quotes

Mary Hussey: You're mad, Bob. Stark staring mad!
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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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National Champion.
31 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Comparing it to "Rocky" is demeaning the movie and insulting the hero ,because it's based on a true story.Directing is just okay and rises to the occasion only for the final race,but John Hurt's performance is just perfect and the reason for which you should watch it.It's also a message of hope for people suffering from cancer.


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