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 nickname of Ricky Schroder's character was "T.J." It stood for the first and middle names of his character Timothy Joseph Flynn. In the two earlier film versions of "The Champ", the character was known as "Dink".
What about my heart? What about my mind? What about me? What about me? Billy Flynn! What about me? I'm real, too!
Annie: What's the matter, Billy? What is it?
Billy: You could always come back. We"ll take you back You... We'll give you a second chance.
When Champ is badly beaten up in the ring near the end of the movie, he is almost unconscious. To try to make sure he is okay, Jackie asks Champ, "What day is it today?" Champ says, "Thursday, May 23rd." The film takes place in 1979. May 23rd, 1979 was actually a Wednesday.
$1,972,684 (USA) (8 April 1979)