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Resurrecting the Champ is a 2007 drama film directed by Rod Lurie and written by Michael Bortman and Allison Burnett, based on the L.A. Times Magazine article by J.R. Moehringer. It stars Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, and Alan Alda, among others. It was filmed in Calgarymarker, Alberta, Canada. The film is set in Denvermarker, Coloradomarker.

Box Office

The film earned $3,172,573 in the United Statesmarker and Canadamarker. On a very limited release, it took $69,854 in the rest of the world.


The film received mixed reviews, with a 60% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. One reviewer praised the newsroom scenes as "authentic" and noted that the film was above all "about fathers and sons, a male weepie" rather than being primarily focused on journalistic ethics or sports.

Accuracy of film

In an article about the film Los Angeles Times reporter Dana Parsons has said that the film largely distorts the actual events. In the film the reporter, Kernan Jr. (who works for a major Denver paper), does not learn that Satterfield is an impersonator until after the article is published and then seriously considers ignoring this fact for the sake of his burgeoning career. In reality the actual reporter, J.R. Moehringer, did extensive research and discovered the boxer's true identity long before any article was ever published. Moehringer then changed the focus of the article into one "describe how he'd been duped." Parsons goes on to express irritation that the film depicted journalism in such a disparaging light.

Media Releases

This movie was released on Region One DVD widescreen. April 8, 2008. It has yet to be released in any other region formats.



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