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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.


Kent Moran


Kent Moran
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





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


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.


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 »

Also Known As:

Претендент See more »

Filming Locations:

Bronx, New York, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,246, 13 September 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,003, 20 September 2015
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wishing Well Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Michael Clarke Duncan's last film following his death in 2012 aged 54. See more »


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 Fight of the Century (1971) See more »


Get Real (feat. Amy Berrian)
Written by Dennis P. Coronel & Kent Moran
Performed by Kahlee & Amy Nerrian
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Worst movie i've seen in years.
7 February 2016 | by gaarcegmaiSee all my reviews

absolutely nothing original about this movie. its a knock off of rocky, or like a bunch of other boxing movies, but very poorly made. The build up is rushed, the boxing training is short, he goes from boxing in a local club to fighting for a title after 7 fights, lol, its almost embarrassing to watch. anyone who has watched real boxing, will find this ridiculous. The main character, the boxer, is sort of lame, he show no real hunger to either train or fight. it feels weird. the main fight of the movie, is poorly made, you don't see, not even half a round; you only get some silly glimpse of the rounds

And both take damage way beyond what they would ever be able to handle in reality, which makes it look even more ridiculous.

I urge you not to waste your time or money.

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