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Never Back Down (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sport | 14 March 2008 (USA)
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A frustrated and conflicted teenager arrives at a new high school to discover an underground fight club and meet a classmate who begins to coerce him into fighting.

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Jeff Wadlow

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Chris Hauty
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Faris ... Jake Tyler
Amber Heard ... Baja Miller
Cam Gigandet ... Ryan McCarthy
Evan Peters ... Max Cooperman
Leslie Hope ... Margot Tyler
Djimon Hounsou ... Jean Roqua
Wyatt Smith ... Charlie Tyler
Affion Crockett ... Beatdown DJ
Neil Brown Jr. ... Aaron
Lauren Leech ... Jenny
Tilky Jones ... Eric
Steven Crowley ... Ben
Tom Nowicki ... Mr. Lloyd
Chele André Chele André ... Max's Girl
Chris Lindsay ... Beat Down Referee
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Storyline

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 {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Taglines:

Win or Lose... Everyone Has Their Fight

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Action | Drama | Sport

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Get Some See more »

Filming Locations:

Clermont, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,603,195, 16 March 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,850,922, 5 June 2008
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot at Cypress Creek High School in Orlando, Florida. See more »

Goofs

iPhones were used throughout the movie to record the fights. This movie was released in 2008, video capability for the iPhone wasn't available until Summer of 2009. See more »

Quotes

Jake Tyler: [stopping in front of sports car] Is this your car?
Max Cooperman: No.
[he kisses roof]
Max Cooperman: It's my baby
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Alternate Versions

PG-13 version is 110 Minutes while the unrated version is 113 Minutes. See more »

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References Troy (2004) See more »

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Outta Control
Written by Ali Dee, Zach Danziger, Julian Davies and Alana Da Fonseca
Performed by King Juju
Courtesy of Dee Town Entertainment
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Although this has been done 1,000 times
5 August 2008 | by Dragoneyed363See all my reviews

. . . Never Back Down was still a really great movie that I had a lot of fun watching, and I was surprised with how much I actually ended up liking it. Of course this film is really very predictable and was basically just a rip-off version of Fight Club, The Karate Kid, and movies like that in general that was basically aimed at 16, 17, and 18 year old boys, but it was really enjoyable if you just judge it based on an actual movie and not what audience it's trying to pull in.

It did get pretty annoying and downright unbelievable at times, but I have to give this movie it's props, because the acting was done very professionally for a bunch of model-body teenage actors, and it also managed to keep me so interested and entertained through the entire film with semi adroit and crafty, motivating scenes and material matter. It gets a bit mediocre, as I have said, and some stuff just falls flat, but they handle everything they lack so well with other interesting and appealing scenes and substance, excluding the featherweight dialogue, haha.

Overall, I was so happy with the outcome of this movie, because while being cliché, and certainly not worthy of winning an Oscar or anything like that, it was really enjoyable, and I had a great time watching it. If you lower your expectations and free your mind, I bet you will too. I suggest you see it if you can appreciate it for what it is. If anything else, there is Cam Gigandet and Sean Faris shirtless.


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