DVD - 1999
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Midge Kelly is a fun-loving former Navy man whose life is made complex by his sudden rise to fame in professional boxing. He becomes popular after months of training and a series of fixed fights. But the champion falls from the top when he beats Johnny Dunne, a prize fighter, into the ground when he has been instructed by the syndicate to lose the fight.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Republic Pictures ; distributed by Artisan Home Entertainment, [p1999]
Description: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sd., b&w or col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9780782011166
Branch Call Number: DVD Cham


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Sep 04, 2014

"The Champion" could be called the best anti-boxing movie, but just about all boxing movies show how it is controlled by gambling interests. "Body and Soul" is another great anti-boxing movie that shows the corruption within boxing. Kirk Douglas stars in "The Champion" and in 1950 he won Best Actor as the fighter Midge Kelly. That year was a good year for "The Champion". It won an Oscar for Best Editing and 9 other Academy Award Nominations. Kirk Douglas looks so much like a boxer with his youthful muscular body. (He was a wrestler in college). Few actors could have filled the shoes of Kirk Douglas as Midge Kelly. It was a role of a lifetime! Kirk Douglas left a film that will be watched for generations to come. Just think, boxing is just as corrupt as when "The Champion" came out over 60 years ago.

Aug 29, 2014

When it comes to this 1949, b&w, Fight Flick - Here's the Good, the Bad, and the Pug-ly.

The Good - Kirk Douglas (at the age of 33) was in absolute top form for this picture, both physically, as well as in his craft as one of Hollywood's most dynamic actors of his day.

As the ambitious and unscrupulous boxer, Midge Kelly, Douglas came across at times as if he were an angry, caged tiger ready to claw the world to pieces. And, believe me, Douglas was impressive.

The Bad - At times Champion's story-line tended to be quite choppy.

And, besides that, Arthur Kennedy's role as Midge's brother, Connie (a guy with a limp, who needed a cane) seemed to have no real purpose in the story. For the most part Connie appeared to be nothing more than dead-weight added to this tale as a mere afterthought.

The Pug-ly - While some of Champion's fight scenes really packed a terrific wallop, others just wimped out.

I don't know about you, but, for me, a boxing film's "boxing" has got to be bang-on at all times. Otherwise this sort of "pugilist passion play" might just as well take a dive in the ring.

Anyways - That's the Good, the Bad, and the Pug-ly.


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Aug 29, 2014

Sexual Content: Since this is a 1949 film, the sex is all innuendo.

Aug 29, 2014

Violence: Guys get pulverized in the boxing ring.

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