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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.

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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.

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Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for some sports violence | See all certifications »
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$12,246 (USA) (11 September 2015)

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$19,003 (USA) (18 September 2015)
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Michael Clarke Duncan's last film following his death in 2012 aged 54. See more »

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Commentator #3: Hold onto your seats, folks. We got a fight on our hands.
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References Fight of the Century (1971) See more »

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Almost There
Written by Gianfranco Zuccarelli, Michele Zuccarelli & Joshua Ariza
Performed by J. Savvy
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Fantastic Story!
3 February 2016 | by (Long Beach, NY) – See all my reviews

This movie has many more good things than not so good things which I'll mention in a bit but first I can't help but say RIP Mr. Duncan. You were a fantastic actor and will be missed. The challenger was a well written story that could be very motivational if watched with an opened mind. Kent Morgan I am sure will be seen again and hopefully with a little more energy.

Now the not so good. The fighting choreography was totally unrealistic but I gave it a pass based on the movie kept my attention the entire time. If only it got more of a budget than there is no doubt in my mind that The challenger would of been huge


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