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      Resurrecting the Champ

      2007, Drama, 1h 52m

      119 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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      While sluggish in spots, Resurrecting the Champ is a sports/newsroom drama elevated by high-caliber performances by Samuel Jackson, Josh Hartnett, and Alan Alda. Read critic reviews

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      Things are not going well for Erik Kernan (Josh Hartnett). Erik, a sports reporter, is stuck covering the bush leagues because his editor (Alan Alda) thinks he cannot cut it as writer. On top of that, his marriage is disintegrating. One night, he rescues a homeless man (Samuel L. Jackson) and discovers the guy is Battling Bob Satterfield, a former boxer rumored to be dead. Erik sees a chance to give his career a much-needed boost by writing the athlete's story.

      • Rating: PG-13 (Some Violence|Brief Language)

      • Genre: Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Rod Lurie

      • Producer: Mike Medavoy, Bob Yari, Marc Frydman, Rod Lurie

      • Writer: Michael Bortman, Allison Burnett

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $3.2M

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      • Distributor: Yari Film Group

      • Production Co: Phoenix Pictures

      • Sound Mix: Dolby SRD, DTS, SDDS

      • Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

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      • Aug 12, 2010

        Any screenwriter who has researched the sport of boxing could instantly tell moviegoers their favorite fight flick, be it Raging Bull, Requiem for a Heavyweight, or Million Dollar Baby. Explaining the “why,” however, would prove a less quick-footed answer—-due in part to the argument that said movies are not fight flicks but, rather, a bio-pic/character study/morality play. The same could be said of valiant effort Resurrecting the Champ, which is more an essay on journalistic integrity than boxing. Though not a good fight flick (or good flick period, for that matter), this fumble-footed “true story” fights hard to win. Rounded out with too many questionable choices (direction, editing, casting), however, the movie ends up on the ropes. In the PG-13-rated Resurrecting the Champ, a struggling sports writer (Hartnett) believes that a homeless man (Jackson) could be a once-great boxing champion. From the outset, Hartnett’s sports writer is accused of having no actual substance or style behind his words, which, ironically, also defines the underlying problem with Resurrecting the Champ. Though based on an actual experience, nothing smacks of authenticity. Supporting players Alan Alda and David Paymer act rings around Hartnett, Jackson’s forced nasally delivery astounds more than endears, the script gives children the voice of a young adult, and - worse yet - the movie doesn't know when to end. Director Rod Lurie even includes an entire scene starring Teri Hatcher as a TV exec who outright states the plainly obvious moral dilemma facing the writer—-a scene that clearly could have been excised. Bottom line: Fair to middleweight.

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      • Oct 30, 2009

        The movie started off kinda slow but then picked up when the twist happened

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      • Jan 20, 2009

        This film took me to unexpected places. I figured I was in for another formula fight film, but, in spite of an awesome performance from Jackson, the film isn't really about the ex boxer at all. The meat of the film is the resurrecion of the reporter, who is trying to live with the ghost of his famous father, as he deals with not only that, but professional ethics. The film is just a bit ambiguous about how much due dillegence he put in (or should have), but when all signs were leading to gold, I can see where you wouldn't want to stop the speeding train to question certain aspects and coincidences a bit deeper. This story kept me in my seat and watching Jackson as the punch drunk "champ" was a wondrous view into method acting - all the little mannerisms and especially the somehow energetic shuffle that achingly told of a body that is simply unable to do and go where the brain tells it to.

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      • Nov 23, 2008

        The film is a little predictable, but the performances of Sam Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Kathryn Morris, and Alan Alda make this film worth seeing. Even though, The Soloist hasn't come out yet, this film sort of reminds me of what that film might be like. I am hoping that will be a better film than this one.

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