Recently watched The Champ for the first time on the DVD. Excellent film. Very sad/poignant, and realistic. Jon Voight & Ricky Schroder really convinced me that they were actual father & son (in the film) - though I know they aren't in real life. Excellent casting here. Even though the Voight character was a drunk & a gambler, it was obvious he really loved his son & had his best interest(s) at heart. The scene towards the beginning when he won a lot of money gambling & came back for gifts for all of his friends was great; RS's expression when he realized his father hadn't forgotten him was priceless - great acting here. In fact, "The Champ's" willing to go back into the ring (towards the end of the film) was primarily to make his son proud. I also liked the Florida setting re: the ocean/beach, horse racing, etc. Spoiler: SPOILER The ending was extremely sad, but not at all unexpected. It is a lot more realistic to depict someone that gets constantly pummelled in a boxing match (especially repeated blows to the head) to die from his serious injuries, rather than coming back movie after movie....i.e. the Rocky film franchise. And note this is coming from a huge fan of the Rocky films. This film is yet another example of why the '70's was the best decade for cinema.