Scientists have discovered the saddest movie in the world.
It’s 1979 remake of “The Champ,” specifically the ending where (spoiler alert) a boxer (played by Jon Voight) collapses after a fight and dies in front of his adoring son (played by a 9-year-old Ricky Schroder).
“The Champ” isn’t a good movie. It scored only a 38% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
But according to a story in Smithsonian, the last scene is used by scientists who want to make people sad so they can study how sadness affects behavior.
Scientists were looking for an ethical way to elicit sadness (apparently, telling subjects that something bad just happened to the family dog isn’t ethical), so they screened 250 movies and came up with 78 clips, which they tested on about 500 subjects.
Some clips elicited mixed emotions or affected people differently, but this scene, according to science, is the saddest thing ever (or maybe it just causes people’s allergies to act up).