Champions

Champions

Director: John Irvin

Cast: John Hurt, Edward Woodward, Jan Francis

     
 

John Hurt plays the British jockey Bob Champion in this true story of how Champion overcame cancer and the rigors of chemotherapy for an impressive personal and professional comeback. Just as Champion is in the middle of a vacation in Kentucky, he finds out he has cancer, and, like others before him, submits to the full, painful treatments of multiple injections and… See more details below

Overview

John Hurt plays the British jockey Bob Champion in this true story of how Champion overcame cancer and the rigors of chemotherapy for an impressive personal and professional comeback. Just as Champion is in the middle of a vacation in Kentucky, he finds out he has cancer, and, like others before him, submits to the full, painful treatments of multiple injections and radiation, suffering as much or more from the cure as from the illness (these treatments are graphic). Gaunt and nauseous, Champion also endures realistic meetings with his doctors that hold forth no guarantee of a cure. His eventual remission leads to yet another grueling physical schedule to get him back into shape for the Grand National Steeplechase -- a 30-fence, well-publicized race that offers difficult hurdles for both the horses and their jockeys. If the 115-minutes running time of this film were cut in places, it would create a better, trim and slim, fast-paced telling of an even more focused tale.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/29/2007
UPC:
0012236212874
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
PG
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:54:00

Special Features

16x9 widescreen; 2.0 Dolby Digital audio; English closed captioned; Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Hurt Bob Champion
Edward Woodward Josh Gifford
Jan Francis Jo
Peter Barkworth Nick Embiricos
Ann Bell Valda Embiricos
Judy Parfitt Dr. Merrow
Alison Steadman Mary Hussey
Kirstie Alley Barbara
Michael Byrne Richard Hussey
Anthony Dawes Fred
Wendy Gifford Althea
Gregory Jones Peter
Mick Dillon Snowy
Ben Johnson Burly Cocks
Jonathan Newth Mr. Griffith Jones
Ceri Jackson Nurse
Fran Brill 2nd Nurse
Andrew Wilde Graham
Carolyn Pickles Sally
Fiona Victory Helen
Julie Adams Emma Hussey
Antony Carrick Ken
Frank Mills Charles
Hubert Rees Bill/Hiawatha
Richard Adams Nicky Hussey
Stephen Jenn Bald Patient
Edwin Richfield Ashton
Noel Dyson Mrs. Champion
John Woodnut Mr. Champion
Richard Leech Beck
Mark Burns Thorne
Mark Lambert Sean
Leonard Trolley Steward
John Burke Jockey Riding Double

Technical Credits
John Irvin Director
Bert Batt Asst. Director
Ninkey Dalton Set Decoration/Design
Carl Davis Score Composer
Michael Evje Sound/Sound Designer
David Hildyard Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Honess Editor
Evan Jones Screenwriter
Tony Kayden Screenwriter
Eva Monley Associate Producer
Peter Shaw Producer
Roy Stannard Art Director
Ronnie Taylor Cinematographer
Arthur Wooster Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Champions
1. Opening Credits [6:38]
2. The Stable [5:50]
3. Another Operation [5:30]
4. Treatment [6:19]
5. Scalps [6:07]
6. Recuperation [6:27]
7. Declining Health [5:48]
8. Race Track [10:39]
9. In the Clear [10:28]
10. Spring 1980 [6:07]
11. Living Proposition [7:13]
12. School Visit [6:00]
13. Spring 1981 [6:13]
14. Race Day [7:21]
15. Words of Warning [14:38]
16. End Credits [2:41]

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