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Harder They Fall (2005)

R | | Action, Drama, Sport | May 2009 (USA)
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20 year old kickboxers from opposite ends of Miami, one rich one poor, battle for triumph in sport and their own identities in this coming-of-age action/drama.


Lee Cipolla



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joshua Lamboy Joshua Lamboy ... Jesus Velez
Johnny Vieira Johnny Vieira ... Max Anderson
Rona D. Lewis ... Brenda Anderson (as Rona Freeman)
David Perez-Ribada ... Frank Haley
Jeremy Mitchell ... Darren Barret
Estefania Crespo ... Maria Velez
Juana Fuentes Juana Fuentes ... Eulalia "Abuela" Velez
Andre L. Gainey Andre L. Gainey ... Promoter Julius Pierce
Valentina Izarra ... Skye
Mirtha Michelle ... Sage Dominguez
Leah Page Leah Page ... Julie Jones
Gerard Maccioli Gerard Maccioli ... Saul Olivio
Patrick Paul Patrick Paul ... Nick Williams
Mike Ramirez Mike Ramirez ... Officer Hartley / Mike Morningpeg
Tommy Davis ... Leo


20 year old kickboxers from opposite ends of Miami, Max and Jesus, battle for triumph in sport and their own identities in this coming-of-age action/drama. Coming from opposing sides of the tracks, like trains headed for a collision, the two contend for the South Florida title. However, an unexpected event extends their combat zone from the ring to the streets. A war is declared that gives birth to two heroes; though it can yield but one champion. Written by Anonymous

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Courage is not tested until you've been in a real fight.


Action | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

May 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA


Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


While practicing the construction site fight sequence actor Joshua Lamboy (Jesus Velez) had his hand punctured by a rusty nail sticking out of one the walls currently being built. Shooting for the fights scenes were delayed three weeks. See more »

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An honest review.
27 September 2009 | by doubleodakSee all my reviews

Wow... after reading some of the other reviews raving about this film, I felt compelled to write some of my own comments.

First of all, in response to the 10 star reviews, come on guys, get real! I guarantee the average person could not even get close to actually finishing this movie.

I came across this travesty (more on that later) while browsing the "Watch Instantly" section on Netflix. First of all, the box art used is not even accurate; it portrays what looks to be a UFC match (octagon-ring and all with a captive audience watching); but, in reality, the fights all take place in a boxing ring situated in the corner of a small gym, with about 10 extras watching.

I didn't have a particular problem with this, as I was going in planning to watch a kickboxing movie, which it was, but 2 sides of the ring were placed against a wall, so it was kind of hard to imagine that any sort of publicized fight would actually take place in this venue.

Production wise, there were several scenes that lacked dialogue (in order to save time and money I'm sure), but since the dialogue present in other scenes was generally weak, this was forgivable. What was not forgivable however was the actual video quality, as the entire feature had an annoying strobe-like quality. While I can usually forgive somewhat poor production values, this was just inexcusable, as were several of the sound effects used; which were somewhat loosely synced by the way.

Overall, I give the filmmakers' credit in one thing and one thing only. The ability to finish a feature film and actually find distribution on what had to be a very, very low budget.

As hard as I am on this review, just remember one thing. A film has to compete against every other film, as they all vie for a viewer's time and money; with that said, aside from the director, crew members and actors getting the experience, it just does not even seem worthwhile making movies of this quality, and that's coming from someone who's a fan of kickboxing and independent films!

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