Sunday, August 26, 2007


Sports drama
Based on a true story

Bob Satterfield was born November 1923 in St. Louis and was a heavyweight boxer who fought from 1945 – 1957. He retired with a record of 50 wins, 25 losses and 4 draws. Ring Magazine places him at number 58 in their list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.

Josh Hartnett: Erik Kernan, sportswriter for the Denver Times newspaper
Alan Alda: his boss Sports Editor Ralph Metz
Kathryn Morris: Erik’s wife and fellow journalist Joyce
Dakota Goyo: their 6-year-old son Teddy
Samuel L. Jackson: Battlin’ Bob Satterfield aka Champ
David Paymer: Whitley, Editor of the glossy Sunday supplement
Teri Hatcher: Andrea Flak, executive for the Showtime cable tv network

Although it’s almost two hours long, the crisp editing and intriguing story make the time fly by. As a sports drama there is some footage of boxing matches but without all the gore often seen in these types of movies.

The acting is all over the place. Samuel Jackson nails his role and his performance is worth the price of admission alone. The other guys (Hartnett, Alda and the little kid) do quite a good job. But the women do not come off as well: it’s hard to imagine anybody dressing to go to the office like Morris does and her hard edge makes her less likeable. Hatcher hardly makes an effort to do more than look pretty.

for some violence and brief language.

He was known professionally as Bob Bombardier not Battlin’ Bob.

Joyce is wearing a white sweater while talking with Erik outside. From one shot to the next the sleeve on her right arm is either on her shoulder or part way down her arm.

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