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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

Writer:

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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Cam Gigandet, who plays the villain "Ryan McCarthy" in the movie, has a black belt in Krav Maga in real life. See more »

Goofs

During the fight between Dak-Ho and Jake, Dak Ho lands a kick to Jake's ribs which is clearly seen as his right leg. Next shot, Dak Ho is lowering his left leg. See more »

Quotes

Baja Miller: You're looking shit...
Jake Tyler: Don't insult shit.
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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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Orange Marmalade
Written by Jonathan Bates (as Jonathan Forrest Bates)
Performed by Mellowdrone
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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A new "Karate Kid"
19 April 2008 | by jhobdellSee all my reviews

Perhaps my descriptive summary is unkind to this film. I enjoyed it so much because it depicts a young man learning to deal with his emotions, rather than being ruled by his fear of them. It is quite remarkable, the strength of character he ultimately develops, and his interactions with his instructor are gratifyingly free of the childish morality one dreads in such a film, or the typical oriental platitudes that often hallmark them because of the origins of martial arts. At the root of this, I think, is the film's willingness to observe and comment on the 'problem' emotion of anger. Rather than leave it festering, or simply transform it 'as if by magic', the audience can almost see the transformation in the main character, through his physical exertion, which eventually leaves him free of its destructive role in his life. For most, if not all, these reasons, I enjoyed the film because it resonated with me quite closely, but it may not be everyone's cup of tea.

If nothing else, I for one will be researching the possibilities of training in mixed martial arts!


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