Friday, September 9, 2011


Kirk Douglas is an actor I've always liked. (Sometimes his son Michael gets up there.) He may be a son of a bitch in most of his roles, but there's no denying the intensity in his performances.

With Champion (his first lead role), he showcases his trademark intensity with great ease. His character of Michael "Midge" Kelly appears to be a nice guy but when he's provoked or in the ring, he practically takes on a new personality.

He develops an almost murderous personality. At first, he keeps that behavior confined to the ring. But as he becomes more successful as a boxer, his pent up rage starts to affect those close to him.

Champion is quite good, but the plot waivers a bit. Douglas, pun intended, comes out fighting the minute he first appears. It's clear as to how he was boosted from supporting parts to leading man status after this.

My Rating: ****1/2

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