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Never Back Down (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Sport  |  14 March 2008 (USA)
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At his new high school, a rebellious teen is lured into an underground fight club, where he finds a mentor in a mixed martial arts veteran.



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At his new high school, a rebellious teen Jake Tyler is lured into an ultimate underground fighting club in a Backyard Fight, where he finds a mentor in a mixed martial arts veteran. After receiving threats to the safety of his friends and family, Jake seeks the mentoring of a veteran fighter, to train his mind and body for one final no-holds-barred elimination fight with his unrelenting personal nemesis and local martial arts champion Ryan McCarthy. Written by Anthony Pereyra {}

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Win or Lose... Everyone Has Their Fight


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving intense sequences of fighting/violence, some sexuality, partying and language - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 March 2008 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,603,195 (USA) (14 March 2008)


$24,848,292 (USA) (30 May 2008)

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Was filmed at Cypress Creek High School in Orlando, FL See more »


When Max tells Jake "The Beatdown is tomorrow night," his lips and his words do not match up. See more »


Baja Miller: I'm Baja.
Jake Tyler: Like Mexico?
Baja Miller: Like my parents smoke too much weed.
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Followed by Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (2011) See more »


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a heavily under-rated kick-arse movie, albeit its flaws...
8 April 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Being a martial artist myself, i can understand why others may not feel the same way towards what i am about to say as this film is clearly aimed at a specific audience.

Never back down is a good teen-young adult film. Why is it rated so low? It contains and deals with many issues that are in our every lives. Issues of pride, of bullying, of prejudice, of commitment and above all respect. Its promotional campaign does not do it justice. If one looks below the surface, this movie has some depth to it.

Good things about it: fantastic soundtrack, good acting, great locations, professional fighting and pretty good story, albeit being a bit simple and predictable.

Bad things about it: a bit cheesy, mostly predictable, lack of character development apart from Jake (the main character) and Jean Roqua, the occasional bad technique (from my point of view) and a clear plastic feel to it due to the beautiful people.

I'm not much of a writter, all I'll say is this film is worth watching and is very empowering, particularly if you are a martial artist or have had a bad day.

overall 9/10

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