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Champion

  • Drama
  • Sport
  • 1949
  • Mark Robson
  • 98 mins
  • PG

Summary

Boxing drama starring Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Maxwell and Arthur Kennedy. Midge Kelly - ambitious, ruthless and embittered by poverty - leaves home with his disabled brother, Connie. After being let down in a business deal and forced into marriage, Midge hits the road and gets into the fight game. Soon he is a successful boxer with a ferocious appetite for success.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Kirk Douglas here gives one of the definitive performances of his career as ruthless boxer Midge Kelly, who will stop at almost nothing to become a success. Though inferior to that other great boxing drama, The Set-Up (made the same year), Champion is still flashy and watchable, thanks to some razor-sharp, Oscar-winning editing (the only win from six nominations). Douglas repeatedly betrays his disabled brother (Arthur Kennedy), his watchful manager (Paul Stewart) and the women in his life (Marilyn Maxwell and Ruth Roman among them) right up until his fist-breaking comeuppance - a punishment producer Stanley Kramer must have wished he could have inflicted upon Douglas in real life after the star had a nose job halfway through production, meaning nobody could lay a glove on him. That aside, this remains a real achievement for all concerned.

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Credits

Cast

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Midge KellyKirk Douglas
Grace DiamondMarilyn Maxwell
Connie KellyArthur Kennedy
Tommy HaleyPaul Stewart
Emma BryceRuth Roman
Mrs HarrisLola Albright

Crew

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DirectorMark Robson

Details

Released on
1949-08-29
Languages
English
Guidance
Edited for violence.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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