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Champions | 1984 | John Hurt, Jan Francis

John Hurt is Bob Champion, the real-life jockey who, inspirationally, managed to overcome cancer to win the Grand National. Thankfully Hurt seems as interested in portraying the great man’s character flaws as in just providing a performance that goes with the legend. Alas, director John Irwin feels obliged to mould the whole thing into a celebration of courage and as such goes straight for emotional manipulation of the audience. As if the basic story was not powerful enough.

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John Hurt as Bob Champion
Jan Francis as Jo Beswick
Edward Woodward as Josh Gifford
Ben Johnson as Burly Cocks
Kirstie Alley as Barbara
Alison Steadman as Mary Hussey
Judy Parfitt as Dr. Merrow
Ann Bell as Valda Embiricos
Peter Barkworth as Nick Embiricos
Jonathan Newth as Mr Griffin Jones
Julie Adams as Emma Hussey
Michael Byrne as Richard Hussey
Antony Carrick as Ken
Fiona Victory as Helen
Frank Mills as Charles
Hubert Rees as Bill
Ceri Jackson as 1st Nurse
Francesca Brill as 2nd Nurse
Andrew Wilde as Graham
Andrew Fell as Doctor
Edwin Richfield as Ashton
John Woodnutt as Mr Champion
Carolyn Pickles as Sally
Noel Dyson as Mrs. Champion

crew
Director: John Irvin

US | 106 minutes | 1984

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