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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.



4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





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Frank Watson ...
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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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Release Date:

11 September 2015 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$12,246 (USA) (11 September 2015)


$19,003 (USA) (18 September 2015)

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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 »


Written by Jose Manuel Guitian & Domingo Ramos
Performed by Don Dinero
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22 March 2016 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

I decided to watch the Challenger right after seeing a great documentary about boxing. I was inspired by the struggle and the inner strength of men who only had their fists to get them out of poverty.

On the other hand, the challenger... is the most uninspirational movie you can ever watch about the beautiful science. It's lame, predictable, and absolute rubbish. The hero looks like a midget but fights for the heavyweight title held by a guy who looks more like a toothpaste ad. Everything starts when the "hero" decides one day to start boxing, having shown no interest before. He trains for what looks like 3 weeks and starts knocking out everyone. Somehow, he gets a title shot out of nowhere....and before you know it, I am asleep and do not care about how it ends. I can guess it. From miles away.

In fact miles away is how far you should stay from this movie. It stinks!

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