Cinema: Tear Jerks

THE CHAMP

Directed by Franco Zeffirelli

Screenplay by Walter Newman

If you are looking for a good cry, The Champ might seem a likely bet to deliver the goods. This movie has every tear-jerking device known to Hollywood, and then some. Its central characters are an adorable eight-year-old boy and his loving dad, a has-been boxer. The action is pure hokum. Will Dad throw off his addictions to gambling and booze and make a comeback in the ring? Will Dad's exwife, now a remarried society lady, try to regain custody of the son she once...

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