• Resurrecting the Champ (2007)

Resurrecting the Champ

Release Date: August 24th, 2007

DVD Release Date: April 8th, 2008

PG-13 |1 hr 52 min

Plot Summary

Things are not going well for Erik Kernan (Josh Hartnett). Erik, a sports reporter, is stuck covering the bush leagues because his editor (Alan Alda) thinks he cannot cut it as writer. On top of that, his marriage is disintegrating. One night, he rescues a homeless man (Samuel L. Jackson) and discovers the guy is Battling Bob Satterfield, a former boxer rumored to be dead. Erik sees a chance to give his career a much-needed boost by writing the athlete's story.

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Kathryn Morris, Alan Alda, Teri Hatcher, Rachel Nichols, David Paymer, Harry Lennix

Director: Rod Lurie

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Phoenix Pictures

Distributors: Yari Film Group

Keywords: Underdog, Transformation, Engaging, 1990s, Relationships

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Wall Street Journal

    The movie itself -- which deals (not very interestingly) with the issue of journalistic integrity and (very predictably) with father-son relationships -- doesn't pack much of a wallop. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Charged by a knock-out performance from Samuel L. Jackson, this compelling story of manly redemption will deliver a winning boxoffice combination of word of mouth and ultimately step outside the generic ring of sports lore. show more

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