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(Review originally written at 31 January 2004)

"The Champ" is a completely over the top over-dramatized production that might be emotional for some but horrible for others, especially for movie critics.

The movie starts off very slow and to be honest quite boring. After the first half hour the movie gets a bit better and more interesting to watch but after that the movie becomes extremely over the top dramatized and just when the movie starts to be interesting and the drama more believable, the movie suddenly focuses on Billy Flynn's boxing match instead of the drama. I liked the boxing match, I liked it a lot but it simply didn't fitted in the context of the movie.

The relationship between the three main characters is done really well thanks to the good script. Jon Voight and Faye Dunaway are good actors however they seem to have been miss casted and both don't seem to be happy in their role and Rick Schroder who is now better know for his role in "NYPD Blue" gives a good lesson in overacting.

All in all, a drama not worth seeing.

5/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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