Champions

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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 ...
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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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Special Features

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

  • Release Date: 5/29/2007
  • UPC: 012236212874
  • Original Release: 1984
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  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD

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
Julie Adams Emma Hussey
Richard Adams Nicky Hussey
Fran Brill 2nd Nurse
John Burke Jockey Riding Double
Mark Burns Thorne
Michael Byrne Richard Hussey
Antony Carrick Ken
Anthony Dawes Fred
Mick Dillon Snowy
Noel Dyson Mrs. Champion
Wendy Gifford Althea
Ceri Jackson Nurse
Stephen Jenn Bald Patient
Ben Johnson Burly Cocks
Gregory Jones Peter
Mark Lambert Sean
Richard Leech Beck
Frank Mills Charles
Jonathan Newth Mr. Griffith Jones
Carolyn Pickles Sally
Hubert Rees Bill/Hiawatha
Edwin Richfield Ashton
Leonard Trolley Steward
Fiona Victory Helen
Andrew Wilde Graham
John Woodnut Mr. Champion
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
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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