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Basics Critics:79Viewers:66Rusty:76
Category: Drama, Mystery/Noir/Thriller, SportsNotable as: Film noir, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: drama film, sports film, film noirRuntime: 96 - 100 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Mark RobsonScreenwriter: Carl ForemanMusic: Dimitri TiomkinCinematography: Franz PlanerStars: Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Maxwell, Harry Shannon, Ruth Roman, Lola Albright, Paul Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Luis van Rooten, John DaheimProducer: Stanley KramerAwards won: Academy Award for Best Film EditingAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Kirk Douglas)
Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Franz Planer)
Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic or Comedy Score (Dimitri Tiomkin)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Arthur Kennedy)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Carl Foreman)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

Champion is a 1949 American film noir drama based on a short story by Ring Lardner. Filmed in black-and-white, it recounts the struggles of boxer "Midge" Kelly fighting his own demons while working to achieve success in the boxing ring. The drama was directed by Mark Robson, with cinematography by Franz Planer. The drama features Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Maxwell, and others. The film won an Academy Award for Editing and gained five other nominations as well, including a Best Actor for Douglas.

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