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Champions [DVD]

John Hurt , Edward Woodward , John Irvin    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Hurt, Edward Woodward, Ben Johnson, Jan Francis, Peter Barkworth
  • Directors: John Irvin
  • Producers: Peter Shaw
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002V8FSBA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,195 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Born in Spain, Luis Buñuel is widely credited as the founder of surrealist cinema with films such as Un Chien andalou (made with Salvador Dali) and L’Age d’Or. Sensing that someone with his political and artistic sensibilities would have no place in a Nationalist-controlled Spain, Buñuel immigrated to New York and later to Mexico, where his career in cinema really began. Although most of the films in this set were made in France, Buñuel would return frequently to his adopted Mexican homeland, eventually dying in Mexico City in 1983.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a champion film 21 July 2004
Champions-the film based on the true story of Bob Champion,who beat cancer to win the Grand National on Aldaniti.
A brilliant tearjerker-all the more so because we know it's true.Poignant for me as my own father succumbed to this terrible disease.
Superb performances from 2 of this countrys' best character actors-John Hurt and Alison Steadman. A long time coming out on DVD but well worth the wait
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never mind Seabiscuit- see The Champions 30 April 2005
This is one of my favourite ever movies because it beautifully combines horse racing, and an inspiring story of victory despite overwhelming odds. Whilst seabiscuit- a movie based along similar lines was oscar nominated, this film seems to have recieved very little recognistion, despite the excellent acting by John Hurt as Bob Champion and its beautiful score which can reduce even the most hard hearted viewer to tears.
Liking horses is not a necessary quality to enjoy this movie- it stands on its own like other great sporting movies i.e. Chariots of Fire, as a fantastic piece of art.
So buy it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CHAMPIONS AT CHELTENHAM 11 Jan 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was a crowd extra at Chelteltenham Racecourse back in 1982 for a 5 day location shoot of the Champions film. Not having been to a race meeting before I was in two minds as to what to wear. Most of the professional extras from the Playhouse AM DRAM Theatre who were picked to "speak" had been supplied with the correct clothes, hats & binoculars etc. I turned up dressed in a tweed jacket & casual trousers + cameras. The other 300 extras all looked the part. I had a feint idea what the film was about, but was determined to meet John Hurt & Edward Woodward and get photos of them. My chance came when during a set-up shot in the Parade Ring as I strolled over to JH & EW who were chatting to each other and casually asked " May I have a "Head & Shoulders" shot? Both said, "No problem". "Which paper do you work for?", asked JH. "I'm a freelance", I nervously replied. "Excellent!", they both said. I got some nice shots of them. Later up in the stands I met the Director John Irvin and got a nice shot of him by one of the cameras. I was now "in his eye" and when a large crowd scene was being set-up in the parade ring, JI said-"That man at the back with the cameras-please come forward and stand next to John Hurt and pretend to take photos of him getting on his horse!" I was down there like a shot-much to the annoyance of the other extras, but I got some more money for those shots! So I later really got into the film story and told all my friends to see it as it was very moving and had some great horse racing sequences. Also it has some great soundtrack music and is a fitting epitaph to the late Edward Woodward who was a pleasure to work with-an absolute gentleman!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Courage 10 Mar 2006
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Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
very moving. I'm so glad Amazon recommended this movie to me! Half of it takes place in and out of hospital, where Bob Champion is being treated for cancer, but having known people with cancer, I found that part of the plot just as interesting as that revolving around horses.
The races (steeplechase) are beautifully shot, and I liked the honesty of the filmmaker, acknowledging at the end of the film that 'no horses or jockeys were seriously injured doing this film.'
Aldaniti plays his own part, and he leaps like a leopard!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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The story is powerful - a horse likely to be condemned and put down. A jockey Bob Champion, diagnosed with cancer and uncertain whether he will live.
Bob Champion undergoes chemotherapy to battle the cancer and is involved in encouraging those with the horse to keep it and help it recover.
Bob loses his hair and suffers many of the debilataing side effects of cancer treatment but is supported by his family and friends in his down times.
In a final triumph the horse and the jockey return after treatment to win the highly coveted Grand National race.
A great story made powerful by being based on fact.
A great inspiration to those who are suffering cancer that all is not lost when diagnosed - here is the story of a man who faced the challenge and beat it.A reminder to family and friends of those suffering cancer treatment that their support is as important as the medical treatment.
Recommended viewing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Peri
I chose this DVD over the other one
No obvious difference according to info given.
Although look at the video cover to remember the distintive riders coloours he wore (white with blue stripe).

I wanted this, because as a horse nut child, I watched the films champions when I was only about 10, 11 or 12, and then bought the book (signed copy!) and got the Aldanti story which has much cross over with Bob's story. (Aldanti was the racehorse he road, and was also lucky to have made it the national!)

The earliest 'against all odds' story that I watched. What was also interesting that until Robin Hood prince of Thieves came out - BBC used the music each grand national! - said I was a bit of a horse mad child.

Trying not to give too much away...
The story starts with a racehorse jockey who finds he's seriously ill, and told he will never ride again (which he takes as the worse peice of news - as in what's the point of living) but he fights to ride again. Aldanti, his promised ride is training well until a nasty moment, when his owners have the worst choice ever to make.
By this time you are picked up and well involved with this story. The rest of it is a rollercoaster ride.

Yes this is filmed in the 1980's, but don't let that detract in any way. the story is solid, the actors very good. Definitely worth at least a watch (or a few)!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film, makes me want to cry every time I watch it
Published 2 days ago by sarah harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend it.
I have watched the film a lot. I cry every time even though I know the ending. Would recommend it.
Published 24 days ago by Catherine Ann Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Champion in name and ability of both man and horse.
Excellent film based on reality of course. Good acting and I have always loved the background music.
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Raynor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fabulous film, speedy delivery
Published 1 month ago by joanned999
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A classic
Published 1 month ago by Laura Hawes
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay.
It's okay.
Published 2 months ago by MJAY1950
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
it was just as described, received package very quickly would definately do business again. A+++
Published 3 months ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars A class act
My husband being a horseracing fanatic kept on at me for ages to search for this film online
and found it through Amazon,
great film with great actors cant go wrong with... Read more
Published 4 months ago by kathryn thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars A triumph for horse and rider.
As a horse lover , this film is a must to watch ,time and again. Always a heart jerker and a tear maker.
Published 5 months ago by peter sussex
5.0 out of 5 stars champions
this is a great film very well acted by john hurt and also includes edward woodward ..enjoyed the film and will keep in my collection
rose from surrey
Published 8 months ago by rose
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