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With: Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Kathryn Morris, Dakota Goyo, Teri Hatcher, Alan Alda, Rachel Nichols, David Paymer, Ryan McDonald, Harry J. Lennix, Peter Coyote, Chris Ippolito, Stephen Strachan, Eugene Clark, Peter Skagen, J. Winston Carroll, Glenn Hunter, Caitlynne Medrek, Hannah Stewart, Kristen Shaw, Jesse Lipscombe, Jake LaMotta (voice)
Written by: Michael Bortman, Allison Burnett, based on an article by J.R. Moehringer
Directed by: Rod Lurie
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence and brief language
Running Time: 111
Date: 01/20/2007

Resurrecting the Champ (2007)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Ring True?

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

As "The Champ," a former boxer now homeless on the streets of Denver, Samuel L. Jackson gives an intriguing performance that's part genius and part con, moving with a weary fighter's footwork and speaking in a squeaky rasp. Josh Hartnett plays a reporter who hopes to move past his low-level sports beat, and so turns The Champ's story into a magazine article. But all is not as it seems. Rod Lurie (The Contender) directs, from a true story, and he gets many honest and affecting moments from the relationship. But as the film descends into its big life-changing final scenes and unresolved family issues, things turn soggy; it's a movie with a glass jaw. Teri Hatcher and Alan Alda provide some small, rich moments. Resurrecting the Champ

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