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Resurrecting the Champ

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Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett

Samuel L. Jackson hits another one out of the ball park. Josh Hartnett isn’t bad either. You simpy MUST see Resurrecting the Champ

Read on:Inspired by a Los Angeles Times Magazine article by J.R. Moehringer — and the fallout from it — the Rod Lurie-directed drama Resurrecting the Champ is as much about fathers, sons and journalistic ethics as it is about boxing.

When small-time Denver Times sports reporter Erik Kernan (Josh Hartnett) meets a homeless man known as “The Champ” (Samuel L. Jackson), he realizes he may have finally found the story that will launch him into the big time and win him the respect of his peers. “The Champ” says he’s actually “Battling Bob Satterfield,” a boxer who was thought to have died years before.

Satterfield was a highly regarded pugilist in his day, but now Erik finds him living in a cardboard box in an alley. Erik believes he’s scooped the story of a lifetime, one that will finally get him out of the shadow of his late sports broadcaster father (who also abandoned him as a child). Going behind his editor’s (Alan Alda) back, Erik finds overnight success when a major magazine makes it their cover story.

Landing a second job as a TV personality on Showtime (where his boss is played by Teri Hatcher), Erik is enjoying his newfound respect — especially the look in the eyes of his adoring son Teddy (Dakota Goyo), to whom he’s told more than a few tall tales (such as being buddies with John Elway). He’s also still pining for his wife and co-worker Joyce (Kathryn Morris), from whom he is separated.

Unfortunately, serious doubts are soon raised about the veracity of Erik’s story and the true identity of “The Champ” — revelations which threaten Erik’s professional success and cause both men to come to terms with themselves.

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