Champions

Date: 1983
Director: John Irvin
Production Company: Archerwest, Ladbroke, United British Artists

Stars: John Hurt, Jan Francis, Edward Woodward, Alison Steadman, Peter Barkworth, Ben Johnson, Kirstie Alley, Judy Parfitt
Location(s): London, Berkshire, Monmouthshire, Merseyside, Kentucky

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Storyline:

True story about Bob Champion’s struggle to beat cancer and win the Grand National. Evocative and uplifting music score by Carl Davis will necessitate a tissue or two. SJ

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Hurt on Aldaniti at Chepstow, Monmouthshire.

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Hurt and Johnson in Kentucky, USA, which eliminates 49 states.

Hurt checks up on his health on Alley's advice.

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Peter provides this comparison shot with scaffolding instead of a ladder.

The London Cancer Hospital? Nice reflection in the sign though. More like the Royal Marsden Hospital (which specialises in cancer), Fulham Road, London SW3. The real Bob Champion was treated at the other Royal Marsden in Sutton, Surrey.

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The same location now from Peter.

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Woodward at his livery, answering the phone.

A night view from the hospital. Night Owls has moved up the road a bit since.

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The same location now from Peter.

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Chepstow again, which Hurt visits while undergoing chemotherapy.

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Francis and Hurt take some time out at Steadman's house, somewhere in England.

Steadman crosses Fulham Road, SW3, to meet Hurt.

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Peter captured this now shot adding "Outside the Royal Marsden Hospital, part of which occupies my old school building which is just behind shot in Stewarts Grove, Fulham Road. Number 1 Stewarts Grove is where the infamous Lord Lucan's best friend commited suicide after being hounded by the press."

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Johnson brings a beer for Hurt and Alley in Kentucky.

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Johnson and Hurt in Kentucky.

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Back in England, Aldaniti on a lovely spring day.

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Barkworth and co. inspect Aldaniti, now fully recovered and fit for the National. Same place as above.

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The helpful sign says Red Lion Hotel Lambourn, where Hurt and Francis meet but it then cuts to interiors so they may not have actually visited the pub.

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Hurt meets Francis at her college. Unknown location.

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Another shot of the Red Lion, Market Square/Oxford Street, Lambourn, Berkshire. It's no longer an inn.

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Aintree, north of Liverpool, Merseydside. The Grand National has been run here since the 19th Century.

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The Aldephi Hotel, Ranelagh Place, Liverpool.

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An interior on the eve of the National. Woodward, Francis, Hurt, Barkworth et al. This may be the interior of the Adelphi also seen in Three Businessmen.

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