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The Challenger (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 11 September 2015 (USA)
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Struggling Bronx mechanic Jaden Miller uses boxing to save himself and his mother from being homeless. With a legendary trainer, and a reality show built around him, Miller goes for the title.

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Kent Moran

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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.

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Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for some sports violence | See all certifications »
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USA

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English | Spanish | Hindi

Release Date:

11 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Duane: When I get on you, it's not because I don't like you. I want you to be ready for that right there, 'cause that is a machine. That is gonna come after you. When that bell rings, it's gonna be eye to eye - you lookin' at him, him lookin' at you - and then you gonna see everything that I ever taught you.
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References Rocky (1976) See more »

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Unbreakable
Composed by Gian Zuccarelli, Michele Zuccarelli, Athalie Rivera, Brian Neal, Fields Blanchard Jr. & Saeed Renaud
Written by Athalie Rivera, Brian Neal, Gian Zuccarelli, Fields Blanchard Jr., Saeed Renaud, Gian Zuccarelli & Michele Zuccarelli
Performed by Athalie, SR Soel
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It's got a lot of heart to it, and a lot of that heart comes from Michael Clarke Duncan
14 September 2015 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

Possibly the best part of this movie was the fact that Michael Clarke Duncan starred in it, three years after his death. The movie does showcase what a good man we lost.

Duncan plays a coach who sees potential in a poor kid from the Bronx who tries to fight his way out of his stereotypical life story.

Unfortunately, the timing of this movie stinks. Despite the fact that it was most likely made first, it's released after the far better South Paw, makes me think of it as a low budget South Paw.

What does set it apart from other boxing films is it's commentary on where boxing is today and what can be done to fix it, namely a Cable station wants to exploit the challenger with a reality show that leads up to his fight with the current heavy weight champ as to way to bring back the Heavy Weights that have been long gone since Tyson/Holyfeild.

The challenger has a lot to its story without being too overwhelming. Although the actors were not that convincing for me as even light Heavyweights, they all worked together well to give an emotional heart filled story.

The Best part of the boxing scenes is the advice the coaches would give the athletes in-between rounds. The focus on this, especially with Duncan's character is what the challenger brings to the table.

Not the best boxing movie I've seen but it works for me. R.I.P Michael Clarke Duncan.


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