PG | | Drama, Sport
A former boxer discovers that his biggest battle of all is going to be with his ex-wife, Annie, who returns after abandoning their young son seven years prior.
The movie actually started production without an actor playing the title lead boxer role of The Champ.
T.J. - T.J., where are you?
T.J.: Here I am.
Billy: Yeah. T.J. - Annie was here tonight, T.J. Wasn't that a nice thing?
Billy: You invited her, didn't you? Huh?
T.J.: I wrote to her. You said to.
Billy: Yeah. It was nice of her to come. You know, TJ, you know, you're... Annie and ...
At the gym in the beginning of the film, Tex Cobb is being battered in a sparring match and his seconds call him Tommy. At the end of the film, Cobb is featured as Roland Bowers, Heavyweight Contender.
$1,972,684 8 April 1979