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The Challenger (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 11 September 2015 (USA)
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A Bronx boxer fights his way to a better life.

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Kent Moran

Writer:

Kent Moran
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kent Moran ... Jaden
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Duane
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Jada
Justin Hartley ... James
Frank Watson Frank Watson ... Terrence
Stan Carp ... Joe
Rob Morgan ... Frederick
Michael Rivera ... Sanchez
Robert Pike Daniel ... Vincent
Ernie Sabella ... Frankie
Lindsay Hartley ... Stephanie
Steven Hauck ... TV Executive
Raushanah Simmons ... Laurie
Kelvin Hale ... Commentator #1
Jason Horowitz Jason Horowitz ... Commentator #2
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Storyline

Bronx native Jaden Miller, 24, could've had a better life, but fighting within a prestigious school cost his scholarship and an expulsion. Now a high school dropout working from job to job, evicted with nowhere to call home, he decides to train as a boxer under discredited trainer Duane Taylor. The local PBS station picks up on the story and wants to document Jaden's progress as he becomes slated to take on the champion, James Burchard, an undefeated boxer of less-than-appealing character. Jaden's mom, Jada (ailing from a heart condition), sees no good in this, as it was fighting that so far ruined his life, but Duane sees within Jaden an it factor that could make him great. Written by statmanjeff

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Fight for who you are.

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sports violence | See all certifications »
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English | Spanish | Hindi

Release Date:

11 September 2015 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,246, 13 September 2015

Gross USA:

$19,003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,003
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Wishing Well Pictures See more »
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Clarke Duncan's last film following his death in 2012 aged 54. See more »

Quotes

Jaden: Thanks for giving me a chance.
Duane: Thank you for giving me a second chance.
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References Rocky (1976) See more »

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We Own That
Written by Dennis P. Coronel and Dominique Owens
Performed by Dominique Larue
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Challenge for the viewer to stay interested
22 March 2016 | by santiagocosmeSee all my reviews

I decided to watch the Challenger right after seeing a great documentary about boxing. I was inspired by the struggle and the inner strength of men who only had their fists to get them out of poverty.

On the other hand, the challenger... is the most uninspirational movie you can ever watch about the beautiful science. It's lame, predictable, and absolute rubbish. The hero looks like a midget but fights for the heavyweight title held by a guy who looks more like a toothpaste ad. Everything starts when the "hero" decides one day to start boxing, having shown no interest before. He trains for what looks like 3 weeks and starts knocking out everyone. Somehow, he gets a title shot out of nowhere....and before you know it, I am asleep and do not care about how it ends. I can guess it. From miles away.

In fact miles away is how far you should stay from this movie. It stinks!


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