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Carman: The Champion

PG-13 Released Mar 2, 2001 1h 22m Drama List
11% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 67% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
Former cruiserweight champion Orlando Leone runs a youth center and works as a security guard for a local hotel. He finds himself in a confrontation with the current cruiserweight champion when responding to a complaint of too much noise in the hotel. The boxing promoter, hearing of this and the publicity it brings, blackmails Orlando into a must-fight situation. The result of this is the story of a man faced with incredible odds as he is forced back into the ring to face the current champion. Read More Read Less
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Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle Rated: 1.5/5 Apr 20, 2001 Full Review Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter Corny as, uh, heck, with no shortage of weak performances and some glaring technical glitches. Mar 13, 2001 Full Review Joe Leydon Variety Modestly engaging but thoroughly formulaic. Mar 8, 2001 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 2.5/5 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review John R. McEwen Film Quips Online Rated: 2.5/5 Feb 8, 2003 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 2.5/5 Dec 8, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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David L Good boxing movie and I recommend it! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/13/21 Full Review Audience Member Synopsis: Orlando Leone was once a champion boxer, but, after losing his title in a big bout, he begins an inner city ministry, where he is known as The Preacher. When larger-than-life pugilist Keshon throws a raucous party at a hotel, Orlando is called in to stop him, and ends up knocking Keshon to the ground. The highly publicized altercation makes Keshon challenge Orlando, who hasn't been in the ring in ten years. With criminals out to get him, a ministry to run, a woman who is reluctant to get involved with a minister, a kid under his wing, and Orlando's dream on the line, it seems that faith is the only thing that can save him...but will it be enough? Story: 5/5 This one kept me involved until the end. Rarely do I watch an entire movie in one day, but I was flipping back and forth between American Idol on live television and this movie on my DVD player just to see how it ended. It proved to be a rather inspirational tale of faith and strength--of more than one kind--and had positive Christian elements worthy of a Ted Dekker or Karen Kingsbury novel. Production Values: 5/5 Carman: The Champion was a winner in this department, too. The acting was great; the action scenes were spot-on, both inside and outside the ring; the soundtrack, which featured other CCM artists/bands such as KJ-52 and Skillet alongside a song or two by the movie's titular star, was amazing; and, frankly, I can't come up with any complaints in this department. Moral Content: 3.5/5 This film may have been made by TBN, but its content is in the same territory as same-rated Christian flick To Save a Life. The violence is very intense; not only do the boxing matches get a bit bloody at times, but there is a combination gunfight/car chase that ends with a fatal explosion. A scene where a bunch of guys gang up on someone in a van and smash his vehicle would likely unnerve kids, especially since a cute Golden Retriever puppy is sitting right next to the victim. When it comes to sexual content: A woman getting pregnant as a teenage by an older man is discussed. Keshon is a bit of a womanizer, and the party where he and Orlando features some slightly immodestly dressed women dancing a bit provocatively; however, that is all vilified. They're not the only ones, though; the female lead is almost always wearing something low-cut or off-the-shoulder, and a minor female character is seen in a bikini. There are even some shirtless guys, as well. The only profanity is when Keshon endorses a drink with a profane name, though it is referred to multiple times--including seeing the name onscreen--during the scene. That, along with the implied drug usage, is shown as those characters' downfalls; still, everything I mentioned in this section makes this inappropriate for young kids and even overly sensitive teens and adults. Conclusion: I was really surprised by this one! Well-made Christian movies are hard to find; for all the good ones, such as those by the Kendricks, you have inane dreck like C Me Dance, which was tops on the list of the worst movies I saw last year. Still, Carman: The Champion deserves a spot alongside The Imposter and October Baby as one of my favorite Christian movies, ever. Though not for children because of content--I hope you read what I said above before deciding to watch this with your family!--for most other folks, this movie is a definite Champion. Score: 4.5/5 Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Champion has its fair share of poor acting, silly cliches and overworked plot. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Champion has its fair share of poor acting, silly cliches and overworked plot. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Just a quick rating of a film seen in the past. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review matt h Carman you can't box so dont try. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Former cruiserweight champion Orlando Leone runs a youth center and works as a security guard for a local hotel. He finds himself in a confrontation with the current cruiserweight champion when responding to a complaint of too much noise in the hotel. The boxing promoter, hearing of this and the publicity it brings, blackmails Orlando into a must-fight situation. The result of this is the story of a man faced with incredible odds as he is forced back into the ring to face the current champion.
Director
Lee Stanley
Screenwriter
Tadd Callies, Tony Cinciripini, Carman, Lee Stanley
Production Co
Code Productions, Gener8Xion Entertainment
Rating
PG-13 (Drug Content|Violence)
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Mar 2, 2001, Wide
Box Office (Gross USA)
$1.7M
Runtime
1h 22m
Sound Mix
Surround
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