Resurrecting The Champ
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  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama, Sports
  • Year: 2007
English: Dolby Surround 5.1
English / Subtitled


Sportswriter Erik Kernan (Hartnett) wants nothing more than to discover a story great enough to make headlines. So when he meets Champ (Jackson), a former boxing champion living on the streets, he knows he has a shot to save them both. Recording his newfound friend's unbelievable tale of triumph and defeat, Kernan gets his story and his fame. But as Champ's tale falls under more scrutinizing eyes, Kernan will have to learn that what truly makes a story great is the quality of the man behind it.

Disc Information

**Resurrecting The Champ Featurette
**Cast and Crew Interviews
**Director's Commentary

Cast & Crew

Samuel L. Jackson ... Battling Bob Satterfield
Josh Hartnett ... Erik Kernan
Kathryn Morris ... Joyce
Alan Alda ... Metz
Teri Hatcher ... Flak
David Paymer ... Whitely
Rachel Nichols


Tom Charity CNN.com | August 28, 2007

Resurrecting the Champ is authentic in its newsroom scenes, and appropriately concerned at how entertainment value trumps diligent reporting.

Geoff Pevere Toronto Star | August 24, 2007

While Resurrecting the Champ seems to be just what you expect, it's only when you've let your guard slip that you realize it's hiding something altogether more forceful in its glove.

Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle | August 24, 2007

Resurrecting the Champ is enjoyable in the moment -- But it's the complexity of Lurie's moral universe that makes it linger in the mind.

Kevin Crust Los Angeles Times | August 24, 2007

...Resurrecting delivers a heckuva story marred by some credibility problems but lands the majority of its punches via subtly powerful performances and a moving undercard of paternal connection.

Robert Denerstein Denver Rocky Mountain News | August 24, 2007

Jackson's performance helps Resurrecting the Champ make its weight, if only by a couple of pounds.

Lisa Kennedy Denver Post | August 24, 2007

...director Lurie displays discipline and finesse in telling a compelling tale that explores the tensions between fathers and sons, and then some. Lurie and Jackson have also given audiences a rare and striking portrait of homelessness.

Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times | August 24, 2007

Jackson disappears into his role, completely convincing, but then he usually is. What a fine actor.


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