Resurrecting the Champ

Directed By: Rod Lurie Starring: Josh Hartnett Samuel L. Jackson

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Based on a Los Angeles Times article, a sports writer (Josh Hartnett) rescues a homeless man (Samuel L. Jackson) who turns out to be a boxing legend believed to be dead.

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 206312096
UPC 024543495499
UPC 14 00024543495499
Format DVD
Release Date 10/9/2012
Rating Rating
Keywords
Boxers
Journalists/Journalism
Sports Heroes/Legends/Inspirations
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In RESURRECTING THE CHAMP, Samuel L. Jackson sheds the cooler-than-thou persona he's perfected in films such as PULP FICTION. But even previous turns as the downtrodden characters in CHANGING LANES and BLACK SNAKE MOAN are nothing compared to the role of Champ in this film from director Rod Lurie (THE LAST CASTLE). Jackson transforms into a homeless man, completely changing his voice and carriage to reflect someone who has lived on the street for years. When the audience first meets Champ, he is being attacked by a group of 20-something men. A sports journalist named Erik Kernan (Josh Hartnett, THE BLACK DAHLIA) happens upon the scene and rescues Champ from a brutal beating. But it's Erik who needs rescuing as well: his job at the Denver Times is in jeopardy as a result of his pedestrian prose, and his marriage to a fellow journalist (Kathryn Morris, COLD CASE) is on equally shaky ground. In finding Champ, he's found his story. Champ isn't an average man living on the street. Instead, he boasts of being famed boxer Battling Bob Satterfield, and he hands Erik a Pulitzer-worthy story of a life gone wrong. ^Based on a true story, RESURRECTING THE CHAMP is less a typical sports movie than it is an engaging drama. There's enough boxing history and action to satisfy sports fans: Satterfield is said to have battled big names such as Jake La Motta of RAGING BULL fame, and bouts are fought and won throughout the film. But it's Erik's internal conflict that makes this an interesting film. He is a man forever caught in the shadow of his father, a famed sports broadcaster he never really knew, as he tries to raise his own son.
Reviews
New York Times "RESURRECTING THE CHAMP is a cautionary fable....Mr. Jackson's champ is entirely convincing and frequently incandescent." 08/24/2007 p.E8
Directors
Rod Lurie
Actors
Josh Hartnett
Samuel L. Jackson
Cast & Crew
Adam Kane - Cinematographer
Alan Alda - Actor
Allison Burnett - Screenplay
Bill Ives - Art Director
Bob Yari - Producer
David Paymer - Actor
J.R. Moehringer - Based On Article By
Josh Hartnett - Actor
Kathryn Morris - Actor
Ken Rempel - Production Designer
Larry Groupe - Original Music By
Louis Phillips - Executive Producer
Michael Bortman - Screenplay
Peter Coyote - Actor
Rachel Nichols - Actor
Rod Lurie - Director
Samuel L. Jackson - Actor
Sarah Boyd - Editor
Teri Hatcher - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 2249549
UPC 00024543495499
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 112 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review There is no mystery to Samuel L. Jackson's agreeing to star in filmmaker Rod Lurie's latest bloated drama, Resurrecting the Champ. The chance to play an elderly former boxer brought low by life who becomes involved with an ambitious, shallow, and ethically challenged newspaper reporter was probably too promising to resist, since the role offers Jackson the chance to really stretch his acting muscles. He is wonderful; too bad the movie is not...When Jackson is on the screen, all is right with Resurrecting the Champ. Aged by makeup and wearing a gray wig of wild dreadlocks, he is the perfect picture of the homeless, drunk, crazy guy most people would cross the street to avoid. He is also a victim, someone local frat boys beat up for sport...This is a beautifully mounted, if chilly, production that gets a lift from Jackson's fine work. But Erik at the center of the action is an insurmountable obstacle to making Resurrecting the Champ anything close to a satisfying film. This is supposed to be a tale of redemption, but Erik never cuts a sympathetic figure. Ultimately, the film fails because it never answers the question of why anyone should care about this guy who cares so little about himself that he lands himself in trouble in the first place.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review In the news business, there is an intoxication in making a big story your own. In "Zodiac," a cartoonist strays off his beat and tries to solve a string of serial killings. In Rod Lurie's "Resurrecting the Champ," a sportswriter stumbles on the story of a Skid Row drunk who used to be a contender. Erik (Josh Hartnett) has been told by his editor he is sloppy and lazy, and when he comes upon Champ, it's like a gift from heaven. The former heavyweight boxer (Samuel L. Jackson) has just been beaten up by some young punks, but harbors little resentment against them. He's talkative and tells Erik his story...Jackson disappears into his role, completely convincing, but then he usually is. What a fine actor. He avoids pitfalls like making Champ a maudlin tearjerker, looking for pity. He's realistic, even philosophical, about his life and what happened to him. Hartnett is efficient enough, but doesn't have enough edges and angles on him to be a sportswriter. Robert Downey Jr. for sportswriter, Josh Hartnett for movie critic...There are developments in this movie that I don't want to hint at, especially since they surprised me, and you should have the same pleasure. They call into question, let us say, people's motives for doing things, and what happens when two people have the misfortune to find that their motives are a good fit.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Jackson,Samuel L.
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle It's the complexity of Lurie's moral universe that makes it linger in the mind.
The New York Times Samuel L. Jackson's champ is entirely convincing and frequently incandescent.
Zack Haddad, Film Threat It is great to see a boxing movie that portrays both boxing and Jackson in different lights.

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