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Harder They Fall (2005)

R | | Action, Drama, Sport | May 2009 (USA)
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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesus Velez
Johnny Vieira ...
Max Anderson
Brenda Anderson (as Rona Freeman)
Frank Haley
Darren Barret
Maria Velez
Juana Fuentes ...
Eulalia "Abuela" Velez
Andre L. Gainey ...
Promoter Julius Pierce
Sage Dominguez
Leah Page ...
Julie Jones
Gerard Maccioli ...
Saul Olivio
Patrick Paul ...
Nick Williams
Mike Ramirez ...
Officer Hartley / Mike Morningpeg

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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)  »

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$250,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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All but one of the ring fights were shot with nobody in the audience. The background was entered in later using digital effects. See more »

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A Good Movie
19 July 2005 | by (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Harder They Fall" directed by Lee Cipolla, was not just great for being an independent flick, it was just overall a good movie. I was skeptical about going to see it at first, because I heard it was a feature-with a low budget- and I thought I would be bored stiff. But from the opening minute to the final credits, I was hooked in and never let go. I went to see it with my little brother , who really only likes big action blockbusters and my mother, who does mot speak English- and hates American movies. When we walked out of the screening- all three of us talked about how much we liked it.. My brother not only liked it, but he claimed to like it better than any of the movies that he's seen recently. I sensed that he was so drawn in by the characters (mainly Jesus) and story that the low budgeted- effects didn't even occur to him. I heard my mother laughing out loud through most of the scenes with Jesus and his grandmother- and she admitted later to have teared up and felt goosebumps during some of the scenes within the rich white fighters home. I think it's a fine accomplishment to make a movie that can relate to all of those age groups and cultures. I've lived in Miami my whole life and I have never seen a movie depict it so well. In that I mean the people and the way they act, the places and feeling of the environment. It was very colorful. But the people in it- Jesus's character was recognizable and the scenes is his house were soooo realistic. I didn't relate to the white fighter as much- but I still was moved by the way he was able to overcome his insecurities and stand up for himself- which is something we all can relate to. I like how it incorporated the fighting to keep it moving- but didn't use it as a crutch. And for what it was- I though the fights scenes were actually really cool. I liked everything about the movie- the story, the style and characters-everything. I applaud Lee Cipolla for his work. Its definitely a movie that my family and I would watch again. Go Jesus!!!!!!

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