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Resurrecting The Champ [DVD]

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Samuel L Jackson , Josh Hartnett , Rod Lurie    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Samuel L Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Kathryn Morris, Teri Hatcher, Alan Alda
  • Directors: Rod Lurie
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Feb 2012
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004C9MC42
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,240 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Harnett turn in knockout performances in this powerful tale about fathers and sons and the power of redemption.

Struggling sports reporter Erik Kernan (Josh Hartnett) encounters a homeless man who calls himself “Champ” (Samuel L. Jackson) only to determine that he is the one-time boxing champion Battling Bob Satterfield. What begins as a story about resurrecting a once-great man becomes Erik’s title shot. In his journey to uncover the truth, Erik has to re-examine his own life and his relationship with his young son.


Loosely based on a Los Angeles Times Magazine story by J.R. Moehringer, Resurrecting the Champ is a heartfelt, thematically ambitious drama that attempts to work on several levels, and mostly pulls it off. On one level it's the story of a sloppy journalist named Erik Kernan (Josh Hartnett) who learns a painful lesson in humility when he's forced to confront his own shortcomings as a father and a sportswriter. On another level it's a richly human tale of redemption between the flawed reporter who's desperate to match his late father's professional reputation, and a former boxing champion (Samuel L. Jackson) who's now a homeless drifter on the streets of Denver, Colorado. When Kernan seizes on "The Champ" as the kind of personal, humanitarian story that could give him a much-needed career boost, he falls into the trap of his own ambition, making a professional mistake that threatens to ruin his career forever. While attempting to impress his 6-year-old son (Dakota Goyo) and win back the respect of his estranged wife (Kathryn Morris, from TV's Cold Case), Kernan is groomed for celebrity by a sexy Showtime executive (Teri Hatcher), but must ultimately get his values and priorities in order. Resurrecting the Champ emerges as a surprisingly thought-provoking study of professional and personal ethics, with some equally compelling observations about the modern state of journalism-as-show-business. Directed with a delicately sentimental touch by former film critic Rod Lurie (The Contender, The Last Castle), Resurrecting the Champ lacks the sharp focus that could've made it a modest classic, but it's a welcome relief from the mindless mayhem of big-studio blockbusters. Lurie's careful handling of the material is blessed by excellent performances by Hartnett and Jackson, with stellar support from Morris, Alan Alda, David Paymer, and especially Peter Coyote, almost unrecognisable under old-age makeup as a veteran boxing reporter who sets Hartnett's character on the road to redemption. --Jeff Shannon

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great human interest story 17 Nov 2013
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I loved it great character driven movie, Samuel l Jackson is awesome, not your usual action for the sake of action movie
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised by how much I enjoyed this... 8 Nov 2012
We were putting off watching this film because it hasn't had the best reviews, and were convinced we'd made a bad choice. When we did eventually slip it into the DVD player we were very surprised: the film is actually quite good.

Firstly, the acting is brilliant: Samuel L Jackson excels as "The Champ", Josh Hartnett does a similarly good job as Erik. Secondly, I thought the plot was very good and (having no idea what the film was about beforehand) I didn't predict the twist in the tale. However, what I really liked was that Resurrecting the Champ is about so much more than boxing: it shows the pain of separation and the effect on a child, the single father's efforts to win over his son's affection, one man's struggle to get recognised at work, homelessness, death... the list goes on. It's unexpectedly touching and you do genuinely care for these broken characters.

I don't remember this film in the box office, so it is a low key one that I doubt many people have heard of, but don't let that put you off. It's surprisingly good and I would recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SLJ on form 15 Aug 2012
By Vegar
Great actors, think JH is underrated and SLJ is always a great watch. Yes it had the typical Americanism in it but I found I was dragged along with the storyline. Enjoyable, great cast and a feel good factor too.
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