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Champions (1984)





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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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John Hurt
as Bob Champion
Ann Bell
as Valda Embiricos
Peter Barkworth
as Nick Embiricos
Edward Woodward
as Josh Gifford
Alison Steadman
as Mary Hussey
Jonathan Newth
as Mr. Griffith Jones
Judy Parfitt
as Dr. Merrow
Fran Brill
as 2nd Nurse
Julie Adams
as Emma Hussey
Michael Byrne
as Richard Hussey
Frank Mills
as Charles
Hubert Rees
as Bill/Hiawatha
Richard Adams
as Nicky Hussey
Stephen Jenn
as Bald Patient
Les Conrad
as Masseur
Noel Dyson
as Mrs. Champion
John Woodnutt
as Mr. Champion
Mark Burns
as Thorne
John Burke
as Jockey Riding Double
Graham Welcome
as Clerk of the Scales
John Guise
as Starter
Ben Johnson
as Burly Cocks
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