Champions (1983 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Irvin
Produced by Peter Shaw
Written by Evan Jones
Music by Carl Davis
Cinematography Ronnie Taylor
Edited by Peter Honess
Distributed by Embassy Pictures Corporation
Release dates
  • 20 April 1983 (1983-04-20)
Running time
106 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Champions is a 1983 film based on the true story of jockey Bob Champion. It is directed by John Irvin, written by Evan Jones, and stars John Hurt, Edward Woodward and Jan Francis.

The film is based on the true story of Bob Champion (portrayed by John Hurt), who was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1979. After treatment with an operation to remove the diseased testicle and chemotherapy, Champion recovered and went on to win the 1981 Grand National steeple chase on his horse Aldaniti.



In 1984, John Irvin was nominated for a Golden Bear Award at the 34th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]

In 1985, John Hurt won an award at the Evening Standard British Film Awards for his role in the film.


  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1984 Programme". Retrieved 2010-11-26. 

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